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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Energy
Clean contracts will support renewable energy developers and the growth of power from clean energy resources. The feed-in rates combined with clean contracts have features of transparency, longevity, and certainty. By adapting feed-in tariffs, It can add consumer protections, local...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Renewable energy serves as a viable solution to replace fossil fuel generation to create a healthier environment. A number of cities across the United States are pledging to reach community-wide goals of 100 percent renewable energy, in order to combat the social, environmental, and...

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 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Meeting Of The Minds
Policy Areas Energy, Transportation & Mobility, Finance & Procurement
Although the traditional linear economy brought much prosperity, it has functioned by taking primary resources, turning them into products, and disposing of the waste. In the face of the global climate change crisis, cities need to transit to circular economy. In a city with a circular...

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 2009
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Kansas
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Education
This report focuses on an association of city and county governments and metropolitan planning organizations which collaborate to identify new training needs of Kansas City area businesses attempting to adapt to sustainable energy and energy efficiency opportunities. Key findings...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Corporate utilities dominate how electricity is generated, transmitted, and distributed or sold to the customer — resulting in both a lack of safety measures as well as costly, short-sided, and dirty energy investments. This affects all of us as we confront our climate crisis and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
Water main geothermal combines the efficiency and technical capability of ground-source geothermal in cold climates with costs competitive to fossil gas furnaces. This report shows that water main geothermal could provide a viable, cost-effective alternative to traditional home heating...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
For more than two centuries, corporations have extracted enormous wealth from the Appalachian region for the profit of owners and shareholders, leaving the area with high rates of poverty, unemployment and low wages. To navigate around these issues, along with the severely changing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level State
State(s) New York
Source Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Energy
A jurisdiction that seeks to enact a municipal wind energy ordinance must first delineate areas suitable for wind energy projects in its comprehensive plan. Then, the municipality must choose a legal mechanism to regulate wind energy projects within those areas. Lastly, the municipality...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Sustainable Endowments Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Numerous platforms and tools exist to help organizations across all sectors track, manage, and share the results of their sustainability practices and operational policies to reduce energy use. However, there is little information examining what users prioritize and what platforms...

Type Model Law
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Massachusetts Department Of Energy Resources
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
This model ordinance or zoning bylaws provide for the construction and operation of wind energy facilities. The model includes the general requirements for all wind energy facilities, which has sections on design standards, safety and environmental standards, maintenance standards,...

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 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source U.C. Berkeley Center For Labor Research and Education
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Finance & Procurement, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This report evaluates the impact and job quality of the green jobs created in the construction industry as a result of California's commitment in increasing the State's usage of renewable energy....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Policy Studies
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Given the current pushback on responsible climate policy at the federal level, innovative state and local actions will be critical if we are to achieve a just transition to a sustainable economy. The Institute for Policy Studies surveyed the array of measures that can accelerate the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2003
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This report explores a range of national policies to increase energy efficiency, accelerate the adoption of renewable energy technologies and shift energy use to more efficient power systems while reducing the electricity bills of consumers and businesses. The policies considered...

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 2018
Level State
State(s) New York
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Energy
The New York State Energy Plan, announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2015, calls for a doubling to 50 percent of the portion of the electricity used in the state that comes from renewable sources by 2030. This would lower greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs, and reduce the use of fossil...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Rhode Island
Source Hennepin County Board Of Commissioners
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Energy
This resolution calls for managers of public investments and public agencies to divest any fossil fuel accounts currently in the county's investment portfolio. Further, it prohibits any future managers of public accounts from investing in companies whose business profits from the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Meeting Of The Minds
Policy Areas Energy
In the face of climate change crisis, it is urgent for policymakers at state, local, and city level to make transition to clean and renewable energy. However, the construction of renewable projects is usually capital-intensive and requires bank’s upfront investment. Green banks help...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) California
Source U.C. Berkeley Center For Labor Research and Education
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This report evaluates the degree to which underrepresented and disadvantaged workers have gained access to career-track jobs in the construction of renewable energy power plants through California's energy programs....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2003
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Policies to spur increased investment in renewable electricity generation can offer significant public benefits, including economic development and energy security, as well as improved public health and environmental quality owing to air pollution reductions. Congress has attempted...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Community solar, also called “shared solar”, creates local economic value. Residents save money on their monthly bills by subscribing to a “solar garden”––they reserve a share in a solar array located offsite, and the power generated by their solar panels shows up as a credit on their...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Madison City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This resolution requires municipal funds to divest from fossil fuels and evaluate alternative investment strategies for the future. This resolution prevents government agencies from investing in fossil fuels in the future and urges other municipal and public institutions and agencies...

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, Energy
In December of 2015, 195 countries convened in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. To the surprise and delight of most of the participants, the conference ended in consensus among all the participants on a document,...

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