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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 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. It examines the steps necessary to calculate a variety of performance benefits gained by implementing GI strategies and, where possible, demonstrates...

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 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source United States Department of Agriculture
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
This guide outlines best practices for converting vacant land into publicly accessible green spaces and parks. It specifically highlights eight "green patterns" or strategies for holding and converting vacant land including establishing temporary green spaces in plots reserved for...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
This report highlights the prevalence and cost of flooding in the Great Lakes region and emphasizes the need for increased investment in green infrastructure and the adoption of flood mitigation strategies. The report also uses survey data to examine the impact of urban flooding and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This report outlines how the green infrastructure portfolio standard (GIPS) can be applied to stormwater retention to determine where retrofits should be installed, how to offset large capital investment costs, and how to protect community water resources. It also includes case studies...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States, Pennsylvania
Source We Conserve PA
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
This guide examines economic impact studies of public parks, and finds parks provide many economic benefits to their surrounding communities, including increased property values, increased tax revenues, decreased medical costs due to recreational opportunities, and decreased stormwater...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Part of a mayor’s job is to understand vital operations of a city, including water utilities and infrastructure. This report presents tools to help mayors understand their water systems and utilities better. In particular, it summarizes the elements of a successful water system, including...

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 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Chatham, a village in central Illinois, has been susceptible to flooding since the area was first developed in the 1860s. Today, many Chatham residents and business owners experience chronic basement flooding, which is caused by backups in the city sewer system and seepage through...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
Cities can create a more resilient water system by transitioning to an integrated water management framework (IWM). By creating an IWM and developing a set of principles and the approaches that recognizes water as a resource, cities can manage all water as an asset, whatever form...

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,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Energy, Finance & Procurement, Environment & Natural Resources
Southern California’s water supply is precarious, and our current practices are unsustainable. Of the roughly 500 billion gallons used annually in the L.A. Basin, only one-third comes from local groundwater; the majority of our water is transported from hundreds of miles away, at...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
This report examines data from Chicago to determine the prevalence, cost, and impact of flooding on communities of color in Chicago....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
A RainReady Riverdale would be a community where all residents and businesses benefit from flood relief in a way that also brings neighborhood beautification, retail activity, jobs, recreation, and habitat conservation. This report serves as a guide to reduce flooding in Riverdale,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This report outlines the environmental and economic benefits associated with different types of green infrastructure, including urban forests, permeable pavement, water harvesting technology, green roofs, and infiltration practices like rain gardens, bioswales, and constructed wetlands....

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 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Finance & Procurement, Data & Technology
Cities face a host of challenges in maintaining their water systems and supplying their communities with clean drinking water, and protecting environmental and human health through effective wastewater and stormwater management. This report is is a comprehensive guide outlining best...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Current strategies of managing water are outdated and ineffective at addressing aging water systems and climate change. In response, this report urges cities to adopt integrated water management, an approach to managing water that encourages coordination between all water systems...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
This report evaluates the strengths, weaknesses, and threats to water supply, stormwater, and wastewater management policies in Lake Zurich, Illinois. While water resources are often dealt with separately, this report recommends a strategic plan for integrating local water resources...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Public Spaces
This report examines how Baton Rouge's parks promote recreation, reduce healthcare costs, bolster tourism, reduce pollution, and provide other economic benefits. It provides a guide for quantifying the economic impacts of the parks system and outlines how parks can be used as a tool...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2007
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This report examines the resources that several U.S. cities are devoting to “green infrastructure” and analyzes their early experiences with alternative stormwater management. This report defines and describes green infrastructure; discusses barriers to green infrastructure implementation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Green stormwater infrastructure practices produce value beyond stormwater management. Investing in Green Stormwater Infrastructure produces value for communities in the form of specific health benefits, economic benefits, climate benefits, education benefits. Residents win when local...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Public Spaces
This guide promotes partnerships between parks agencies and stormwater agencies that prioritize green infrastructure development in parks. It examines the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure, identifies optimal installation locations, outlines funding...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice
Study exploring the disproportionate impact of urban flooding on Chicago’s communities of color. Examines policies enacted by Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois, and other municipalities, ranging from resident assistance programs, open data portals, to building inspection strategies,...

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