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Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) -
Source American Sustainable Business Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
There is no good business case for trash incineration. Burning trash is the most expensive form of electricity generation, creates pollution that raises health costs to the public, destroys valuable resources, and produces the fewer jobs than comparable capital projects. The trash...

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 Ordinance
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Housing, Health
This local law would require building owners to provide tenants with water filtration pitchers that are certified to reduce lead concentrations in water, install water filtration or treatment systems that are certified to reduce lead concentrations, or take a sample annually from...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State
State(s) -
Source Journal of Science Policy & Governance
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Transportation & Mobility
The report outlines the current air pollution and transportation issue in Washington, D.C. which looks to reduce the use of cars and their impact on air pollution and smog in the city. The concentration of air pollutants in DC makes it a top 20 city with the highest smog in the United...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Food
This report explores the challenge of sustainability by considering four different scenarios that may emerge in the future: Market Forces (in which policy prioritizes economic growth and free trade), Policy Reform (which assumes a large-scale implementation of reform policies aimed...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Vermont
Source City of Burlington, Vermont
Policy Areas Community Development, Energy, Transportation & Mobility
Pollution and energy inefficiency are exacerbating the global climate crisis, but cities can pass local policies to address these issues. The City of Burlington, Vermont launched the net-zero-energy program in 2018 to eliminate fossil fuel use by the ground transportation and heating...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2004
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Americans For Nonsmokers's Rights
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Health
This report serves as a resource for developing smoke-free indoor air laws and is a companion piece to the Prohibition of Smoking in all Workplaces and Public Places model ordinance. The report outlines common errors to avoid while developing and drafting an ordinance that prohibits...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The New School
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
While local zoning codes and land use policies historically have been tools for segregating people and concentrating pollution in low-income communities and communities of color, community-based advocacy can transform these same tools into means for addressing cumulative burdens borne...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
By introducing new systems for managing trash, cities can move toward zero waste and capture a range of worker, community, and environmental benefits. In particular, through implementing sustainable recycling programs, local governments can utilize trash management systems to fight...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Health
Environmental racism and the subsequent chronic exposure to air pollution has been identified as one of the biggest contributing factors to higher rates of severe illness and death from COVID-19 within Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities. Fossil fuel plants are among the top...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Georgia, Ohio
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
When rainwater hits hard surfaces like roads and parking lots, it runs along the surface till it flows into a storm drain, river, or stream. Known as stormwater runoff, this water picks up pollutants such as heavy metals, brake linings, and deicing salts which contaminate local waters....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Georgetown Climate Center
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
Climate change is happening. Past greenhouse gas emissions have committed us to decades of rising temperatures and seas. Recent studies, factoring in ice-sheet melt, estimate that we may experience an average of up to 6 feet of sea-level rise across the globe over the next century....

Type Ordinance
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
This local law requires the department of health and mental hygiene to review documentation of annual inspections of water tanks where harmful bacteria are found. It also requires the department to post the results of the documentation review on its website....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Eno Center for Transportation
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Transportation & Mobility
This report outlines principles that should be considered when creating congestion pricing programs, including establishing a clear and equitable vision for the program, creating a strong connection between revenue raised by the program and spending, establishing transportation options...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source American Water Works Association
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
Stagnation within building water systems is the condition in building plumbing when water is not being used and water remains still within the plumbing network. During stagnation, water quality issues may develop. The purpose of this document is to help building managers assess and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
As ever more destructive storms pummel our towns and cities, we are increasingly confronted by flooded homes and businesses, disruption of municipal services, overflowing streams and rivers, and compromised drinking water. Destructive weather events cost tens of billions of dollars...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2019
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source People's Action
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
A 100% Just Energy Economy must go beyond simply replacing fossil fuels; in order to be 100% Just, it must include other key elements, such as renewable fuels, an end to sacrifice zones, and good green jobs targeted to the communities that have survived decades of divestment. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Polluted stormwater runoff is one of the largest growing sources of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. To mitigate this problem, green infrastructure practices can be used to manage urban runoff by capturing and infiltrating rainwater where it falls. One of the major challenges to the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) Arizona
Source Journal of Science Policy & Governance
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This report reviews state legislation and interviews waste management coordinators to identify the key challenges and opportunities for improving recycling in Arizona municipalities. China’s 2018 ban on importing recyclables has disrupted recycling programs across the United States....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Energy, Finance & Procurement, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
Green infrastructure practices provide a variety of benefits across the range of flood magnitudes. Common green infrastructure practices used to target flood management include green roofs, bioretention, water quality swales, and infiltration basins and trenches. While most effective...

Type Ordinance
Year 2004
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source City of Los Angeles
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety
This Community Benefits Agreement between Los Angeles and the redevelopers of the city's LAX airport sets forth a range of community benefits that must be provided by the Los Angeles World Airports, including benefits related to local hiring, living wage, job training, civil rights...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
Current strategies of managing water are outdated and ineffective at addressing aging water systems and climate change. In contrast to traditional water management approaches that rely solely on pipes, levees, and dams, this report urges cities to embrace green infrastructure. Drawing...

Type Ordinance
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Town of Wales
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Public Safety
This local law bans individuals and corporations from engaging in the extraction of natural gas or oil through the processes of hydraulic fracturing or horizontal gas well drilling within the Town of Wales. Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal gas well drilling endangers the health,...

Type Model Law
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Americans For Nonsmokers' Rights
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Public Spaces
This model ordinance prohibits smoking in outdoor places of employment, outdoor public places, outdoor residential facilities, and city or county owned property. It defines the enforcement of the law, penalties for violating the law's terms, and posting requirements for "no smoking"...

Type Model Law
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
Policy Areas Public Spaces, Health, Environment & Natural Resources
This model ordinance prohibits smoking in public places (e.g. restaurants, health care facilities, and retail stores), places of employment, private clubs, residential facilities, and certain outdoor areas. It also grants any person in control of an establishment (i.e. owners, operators,...

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