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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Community Development
The guide aims to inform decision-makers and planners about the multiple benefits green infrastructure (GI) delivers to communities and to guide communities in valuing the benefits of potential green infrastructure investments. This guide distills key considerations involved in assessing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) -
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
A guide to the Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard for municipalities interested in sustainability and struggling with existing infrastructure and stormwater management needs....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
As the scale, speed, and implications of climate change come into focus, stakeholders in the electricity sector are finding it increasingly difficult to turn a blind eye. However, many have opted to attend to climate impacts in a piecemeal fashion, merely responding to particular...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level State
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility, Housing
The Regional Green Building Case Study Project analyzes the post‐occupancy performance and costs and benefits of 25 LEED projects in Illinois related to: measured energy and greenhouse gas emissions, water, commute transportation, construction and operating costs, green premium, health...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level -
State(s) Georgia
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
For any state or agency looking to increase adoption of the M36 water audit methodology, there are several key takeaways from Georgia’s new auditing requirements: State agencies and their partners should place emphasis on the value and usefulness of M36 for utilities. Beyond instituting...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
To evaluate initial success of California's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund program in assisting underserved communities tackle climate change,, The Greenlining Institute examined 10 projects: nine already funded and one that is eligible for funding. These case studies provide an early...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level -
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Urban flooding is caused by climate change, aging infrastructure, and diminishing permeable space in cities. This examination of data for the city of Chicago was undertaken to determine the prevalence, cost, and impact of flooding on communities of color in Chicago. In total, the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level County
State(s) Ohio
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
The overall objective of this project was to lay the conceptual and analytical foundation for a healthy, efficient and sustainable energy economy in Northern Ohio. Under this award, researchers analyzed the feasibility of implementing solar, wind and biogas energy projects in the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Transportation & Mobility
There are nearly 950,000 more manufacturing jobs in the U.S. today than in 2010. This resurgence presents a major opportunity for communities. As a rejection of inefficient sprawling industrial parks and overseas production, there is growing demand for urban manufacturing locations....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Global Legal Group
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This legal guide provides a practical cross-border insight into environment and climate change law oriented towards the international business community. It discusses a range of topics including, but not limited to, contaminated land, waste, liabilities, asbestos, and emissions trading....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia
Source Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
Reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is vital to mitigate climate change. To date reduction efforts have primarily focused on minimizing the production of carbon dioxide during electricity generation, transport, and other activities. Going forward, to the extent...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Unchecked water loss within water supply systems is a public concern: it wastes public money, hinders the economy, and risks long-term water scarcity. Previous studies and surveys about water loss demonstrate the long-held belief that maintaining robust water service infrastructure...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) New York
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
The courts decided 46 cases under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) in 2018. However, the most important action under SEQRA was in the Legislature, followed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. This column analyzes these developments, specifically...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Community Development, Housing
The built environment accounts for approximately half the energy use and carbon footprint of the United States. Lean Buildings reduce energy flows by tapping basic natural heating and cooling techniques and renewable energy sources in ways that are region-specific and climate-sensitive....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level -
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources
Climate change grant programs can provide multiple benefits, including improved air quality, lower electricity costs, improved health outcomes, and green job opportunities. However, these benefits often fail to reach low-income communities of color—even though these communities tend...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
The Smart Water for Smart Regions initiative offers a blueprint for the responsible and sustainable utilization of water in the Great Lakes states, working with communities to minimize leaks and reduce flooding through cost-effective, coordinated solutions including....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States, Florida
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
Seaside, the resort town in the Florida Panhandle, is best known for being a compact, walkable and diverse community, but it has also become known as one of the first environmentally designed new towns. It is now time for it to be recognized as a model for Lean Urbanism, particularly...

Type -
Year 2014
Level -
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Housing
Analysis suggests LEED buildings perform no better, and in fact perform worse, than non-LEED buildings. Many recommended actions, especially those selected by users, have little to no effect. Too few of its standards are results-driven, with high pay-back in areas other than environmental...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
Congress established the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in 1968 to reduce flood damages nationwide and ease the Federal government’s financial burden for providing disaster recovery. However, a proportionally small number of properties insured through the program are repeatedly...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2000
Level State
State(s) New York
Source Arnold & Porter
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
The New York State Superfund provides for investigation and cleanup of sites that pose a significant threat to public health and the environment due to contamination by hazardous wastes. The Superfund's chief source of revenue has been the Environmental Quality Bond Act, which provides...

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
The high point of congressional support for comprehensive climate change legislation came on June 26, 2009, when the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy Security Act by a vote of 219 to 212. For several years the proponents of climate regulation have pinned their...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
The large and growing volume of litigation in the U.S. courts about climate change has received an avalanche of analysis in the professional and academic literatures. In contrast, climate litigation outside the United States is little known on these shores and has gotten far less...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Recognizing that urban flooding problems are generated by stormwater runoff from roads, parking lots, yards, and roofs across neighborhoods, the RainReady Community program takes a neighborhood-scale approach to addressing urban flooding. Participating neighborhoods receive an in-depth,...

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