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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
Urban freeways create barriers to movement within cities, institutionalize social inequities, contribute to environmental degradation, and encourage suburban sprawl. As urban freeways approach the end of their useful lives, decisions on the fate of an individual freeway will be place...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Environmental Law Institute
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
In this piece, Michael B. Gerrard comments on an article by Thomas D. Peterson, Robert B. McKinstry Jr., and John C. Dernbach which held two central insights: (1) Any serious national effort to control emissions of greenhouse gases must continue to leave important roles to the states;...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Deutsche Bank Group
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
On June 20, 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in "American Electric Power v. Connecticut." This is the second climate change case to be decided by that court and the first to concern common law claims, where the plaintiffs claimed that the greenhouse...

Type Ordinance
Year 2004
Level County
State(s) Alaska
Source Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance establishes an areawide conditional use permit for coal bed methane exploration and development. An entity that wants to install and operate coal bed methane facilities must have its permit application approved. This ordinance outlines the permit application process...

Type Ordinance
Year 2018
Level State
State(s) Hawaii
Source Hawaii State Legislature
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Hawaii became the first state to pass a law committing to the goals and limits of the Paris Climate Accord. The state’s governor, David Y. Ige, signed a bill explicitly geared toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the landmark goals adopted by world leaders with...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
On June 20, 2011, the U.S. Supreme court issued its much-anticipated decision in 'American Electric Power v. Connecticut,' the second climate change case to be decided by that Court and the first to concern common law claims. The decision resolves a few issues but leaves many others...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Transit-Oriented Development
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Community Development
Report examining the greenhouse gas reduction potential of transit oriented development (TOD). This report calculates potential reductions in carbon emissions associated with household vehicle travel and offers growth strategies for planners attending to urban form and access to transit...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Urban Habitat
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Transportation & Mobility
An increasing body of evidence shows that private Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft are either shifting transit riders into cars or inducing new car trips which ultimately increases greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area. To combat this, the Bay Area...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Roosevelt Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
The transition to a green economy requires implementing workforce development policies that prioritizes workers' interests over those of fossil fuel companies. This report discusses how workforce development policies can mediate labor disruptions, increase worker power and reduce...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Energy
Currently 83 percent of the energy consumed in the United States is from fossil fuels. This in turn creates 81 percent of the United States' emissions of greenhouse gases, is the principle source of air pollution, and leads to major environmental problems where the fuel is extracted...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Policy Studies
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Energy
The power sector is responsible for a third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, making it the country’s single largest contributor to climate pollution. In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency released a Clean Power Plan aimed at curbing these emissions, with specific state-by-state...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2008
Level County
State(s) Washington
Source King County Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance continues King County’s requirement to use green building and sustainable development practices in all capital projects that the county plans or grants funds for. Green building and sustainable development practices are those that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
The United States has seen a remarkable set of developments at the international level in controlling greenhouse gas emissions- the entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement, and major new agreements on controlling hydrofluorocarbon emissions and pollution from airplanes. The...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
While climate change legislation was mired in Congress, several units in the Obama administration had used their existing statutory authority to adopt rules or guidance requiring extensive disclosure about greenhouse gases in a wide variety of contexts. Every registered public company,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source SPARCC
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Transportation & Mobility
The built environment, climate change, and public health are closely connected; human-generated greenhouse gases derive from aspects of the built environment such as transportation systems and infrastructure, building construction and operation, and land-use planning. Transportation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
Litigation aiming to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases is coming to be dominated by battles over coal-fired power plants. Ten of the last 20 judicial or administrative decisions or case filings in matters aiming to reduce emissions of Greenhouse Gasses (GHGs) have concerned such...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) Hawaii
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
This report compares estimates of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in Hawaii under current conditions versus VMT when policies are implemented to manage travel demand. These policies include transportation demand management (employer-based programs that encourage employees to carpool,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
Many cities include minimum parking requirements in their zoning codes and provide ample parking for public use. However, parking is costly to provide and encourages increased automobile use, which is linked to traffic congestion, environmental degradation, and negative health and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, Washington
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
Numerous federal and state judicial decisions have established that environmental impact statements under the National Environmental Policy Act and its state equivalents should examine the impact of proposed projects on emissions of greenhouse gases. Administrative agencies and court...

Type Roadmap
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
The climate crisis unfolding across the globe has highlighted the need for cities to make drastic, time-sensitive changes in their environmental sustainability efforts and adaptation strategies. ProGov21's updated Environmental Roadmap calls on local governments to enact environmental...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) Oregon, Washington
Source Sightline Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Since 2012, fossil fuel companies have devised more than 50 projects to export coal, oil, or gas from Cascadia's coast. Thanks to local opposition, 40 of those projects have been canceled, averting 1,717 million metric tons of annual greenhouse gas emissions. This report calls on...

Type Ordinance
Year 2006
Level City or Town
State(s) Colorado
Source City Council of the City of Boulder
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
This ordinance imposes the Climate Action Plan Tax as an excise tax upon persons consuming electricity as residential, commercial, or industrial customers. The tax shall be imposed upon the basis of each customer’s consumption of electricity measured in Kilowatt/Hours. The purpose...

Type Ordinance
Year 2008
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Board Of Supervisors
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Energy
This ordinance establishes greenhouse gas emissions targets and authorizes the Department of the Environment to coordinate efforts to meet these targets. It also outlines action plans for various City departments, including the San Francisco Planning Department, the San Francisco...

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