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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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level -
State(s) Washington, D.C.
Source The District Of Columbia City Council
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
The District of Columbia's report on their investigation and mitigatation plan for the flooding the city expects to face due to climate change....

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 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source The Building Codes Assistance Project
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
OCEAN is an online resources of the Building Codes Assistance Project. Here they provide a case study of the work happening in San Antonio. On March 12, 2009, the San Antonio City Council voted to approve and adopt a new Sustainable Buildings Ordinance that increases the energy efficiency...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Energy, Finance & Procurement, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
Green infrastructure (GI) is a network of decentralized stormwater management practices, such as green roofs, trees, rain gardens and permeable pavement that can capture and infiltrate rain where it falls, thus reducing stormwater runoff and improving the health of surrounding waterways....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Philadelphia Water
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
Powerpoint outlining the city of Philadelphia's approach to adapting to modern water policies and actions to encourage innovation and sustainable growth....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) Illinois
Source Illinois Department Of Natural Resources
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
A report on urban flooding awareness in the state of Illinois....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
Creating a healthy, livable, and equitable city must include a commitment to effective water management. Yet, most cities have a water system that is burdened by serious threats, from lack of funds for proactive maintenance to challenges in quality or supply, that are too great to...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source The City Of Philadelphia
Policy Areas Energy, Finance & Procurement, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
Green City, Clean Waters represents the City of Philadelphia's (City) commitment to the protection and enhancement of our regional watersheds by managing stormwater with innovative green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), while also helping to revitalize the City. The Philadelphia Water...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Institute For Sustainable Communities
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy, Democracy & Governance
An introduction to climate change adaption and resilience for municipalities with rich case studies and list of resources....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2000
Level City or Town
State(s) Arizona
Source Tucson Water
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
Tucson, AZ has been pairing water conservation and development of new regional partnerships with Phoenix to source water sustainably in a drought-stricken area....

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Georgia
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
The Flint Basin in the Georgia piedmont is a major water supply source for hundreds of thousands of Georgians. Since 2000, severe droughts have struck the Flint Basin. In an effort to improve drought resilience in the basin, the Upper Flint River Working Group was formed to protect...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Water Environment Research Foundation
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
Powerpoint presentation outlining the key features of integrated water resource management for cities....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source City Of For Worth
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
Powerpoint presentation outlining the key features and outcomes of the Fort Work Stormwater Management Program...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source City Of Syracuse
Policy Areas Energy, Finance & Procurement, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
In 2009, when Onondaga County gained federal court approval of its new save the rain program, Syracuse became the first community in the United States with a legal requirement to reduce sewage overflows with green infrastructure. The county's strategy integrates both green and gray...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
The Sheboygan Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is recognized as a nationwide leader in energy efficiency in the water and wastewater treatment sector. Sheboygan WWTP has implemented numerous energy-saving measures, mostly by replacing aging equipment with energy-efficient models....

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 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...

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