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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 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 2022
Level State
State(s) Oregon, Washington
Source Sightline Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Since 2012, fossil fuel companies have devised more than 50 projects to export coal, oil, or gas from Cascadia's coast. Thanks to local opposition, 40 of those projects have been canceled, averting 1,717 million metric tons of annual greenhouse gas emissions. This report calls on...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, National
State(s) All States
Source Center for Data Innovation
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Data & Technology
Most consumers do not know how much water they use on a daily basis or how their water consumption compares to that of others because they receive little information on their utility bills. As a result, consumers receive minimal feedback on how changes in their behaviors, household...

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 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
In 2018, China implemented the "National Sword" waste policy, banning imports of certain recyclable commodities and setting limits on how much contamination can be present in recyclable materials. This report outlines the impact of National Sword on U.S. cities and provides recommendations...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level National
State(s) All States
Source National Science and Technology Council
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Education
The Social and Behavioral Sciences Team 2016 Annual Report highlights SBST's progress implementing the President's directive over the past year in eight key policy areas: promoting retirement security, advancing economic opportunity, improving college access and affordability, responding...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Pennsylvania, Texas
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Education, Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Public Spaces
Parks enhance communities by promoting physical, mental, and social health. This guide outlines the 'complete parks approach', which helps local governments promote parks improvements by engaging communities who have historically been overlooked during parks planning discussions,...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) Hawaii
Source Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has issued a decision and order adopting a comprehensive framework of utility regulations to align Hawaii electric companies’ financial interests with Hawaii’s clean energy goals and customer needs. The performance-based framework adopted by...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Transportation & Mobility
This report compiles 33 potential emissions reduction strategies that, when implemented together, can help Chicago meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. The area with the largest potential for reduction is energy use in buildings...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
This fact sheet refutes common misconceptions surrounding net zero/fossil fuel free buildings. In particular, it highlights how the creation of net zero/fossil fuel free buildings will spur economic development; lower construction costs over time; offer reliable power; and serve all...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
This brief focuses on what cities can do to create equitable and efficient transit that benefits everyone. An equitable transit system must be safe, convenient, affordable, and accessible; responsive to community needs; and integrated with other policy areas. Moreover, it outlines...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Companies, governments, and institutions of all kinds purchase goods and services for their own use. But what they buy - and how they buy it - has a significant impact on local communities, the environment, and the economy - and in some unexpected ways, on the success of the business...

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, Environment & Natural Resources
This brief provides an overview of the Sheboygan Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), 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...

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 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
In the face of increasing demands from students and other stakeholders concerned about the role of traditional energy companies in accelerating climate change, institutional investors are asking tough questions about the feasibility of divestment from fossil fuel companies. Based...

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Officers Association
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
COVID-19 has forced employees and also forced organizations to rethink business processes that require access to the office or involve large amounts of paper. Governments have an opportunity to eliminate or rethink paper-based business processes to operate effectively under current...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee
Source National League Of Cities
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Sustainability is a fundamental component of building a strong community, not only in terms of the physical environment, but also for economic prosperity. In addition to a healthier environment for citizens, the benefits of greener economic development include cost savings through...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source American Sustainable Business Network
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
Too often, environmental conservation is seen as an economic loss and a drag on community resources. This report challenges this conceptualization of conservation by presenting tools and methods to quantify the economic value of coastal and land conservation....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice
This report evaluates the positive impacts of implementing a bold national recycling and composting strategy across federal, state, and local governments. Its recommendations of energy, resource, and waste management would allow for significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Green Century Funds
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Finance & Procurement
A growing number of individuals and institutions have recognized the limits of shareholder advocacy to secure the policy changes needed and have divested from fossil fuel companies. Green Century believes that divesting from fossil fuel companies is the most effective way for investors...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Indiana
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
This report discusses the challenges of managing water resources in Fort Wayne, focusing on combined sewers, pollution reduction, and wet basements. It recommends implementing rain gardens as a green infrastructure solution, inspired by successful initiatives in Rock Island, IL. Additionally,...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
This brief presents the benefits of a Clean Trucks Program (CTP) for the San Pedro Bay port area. High-volume port trucking in this region creates costly externalities, and drivers often receive substandard pay and benefits. The brief argues that CTP would return nearly $4.2 billion...

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