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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
The Solar Incentive Program (SIP) is the most established rooftop solar program in the City of Los Angeles. It originated at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in 2000 with a $150 million investment to incentivize the poliferation of rooftop solar in Los Angeles. With the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
Many public water utilities struggle to pay for repairs and upgrades necessary to improve energy efficiency, reduce leaks, and prevent infiltration. This brief outlines existing mechanisms to raise these funds as well as promising new methods for public officials to consider. Some...

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 -
Level City or Town
State(s) Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, Texas
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This report outlines the impact of the Local Interventions for Financial Empowerment Through Utility Payments initiative (LIFT-UP) which helped cities connect citizens to financial services while recouping revenue from unpaid utility bills. It found that residents who participated...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Housing, Public Safety
Solar hasn’t been available to everyone. The majority of Angelenos, who are renters, have been excluded from the solar market and resulting savings. LADWP historically has lacked renter oriented solar programs. These barriers have resulted in disparities in who has access to solar...

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 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
It is becoming more difficult for families to access clean and affordable water due to aging water infrastructure systems, climate change, and the rising cost of living. This report outlines best practices and innovative solutions mayors can adopt to ensure that residents have equitable...

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, Energy, Transportation & Mobility
This report outlines the challenges facing Fort Wayne's Energy system. It outlines evidence-based recommendations to establish a large-scale energy efficiency program; including an inventory of existing program delivery capacity, benchmarking and data analysis, working with stakeholders...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Unchecked water loss within water supply systems is a public concern: it wastes public money, hinders the economy, and risks long-term water scarcity. Previous studies and surveys about water loss demonstrate the long-held belief that maintaining robust water service infrastructure...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Health
A sizable portion of the US population lacks continuous access to safe sources of water, undermining their dignity, health, living standards, and even family rights. Service providers and governments at the local, state and national levels must take immediate steps to address the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
There are numerous barriers to the energy efficiency market. On-bill financing programs, via the electric and/or gas utility bill, address some of the barriers and help make efficiency easy. Savings from efficiency measures offset the costs of improvements, so consumers pay while...

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 State
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Energy
Improving energy efficiency is widely acknowledged as the most economical way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the other adverse environmental impacts of fossil use. The United States lacks a comprehensive regulatory program for energy efficiency, although often overlooked are...

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 2018
Level -
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas -
Supplier diversity helps direct corporate procurement to businesses owned by historically marginalized communities. The California legislature created a supplier diversity program at the California Public Utilities Commission that requires regulated utilities (such as energy and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level State
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Energy
This report focuses on growing and maintaining a "reliable, affordable and clean" electrical grid while overcoming the following challenges: environmental concerns, significant need for infrastructure investment, new uses of electricity, continued globalization, and increased energy...

Type Letter
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Identifying sustainable solutions for water distribution and lower water utility rates within the Village of Robbins, a primarily low-income and African-American community struggling with municipal debt. Nationally, and counterintuitively, per-gallon water bills in low-income communities...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Seattle City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
This bill requires owners of non-residential buildings of 10,000 square feet or larger and of residential buildings of five units or more to submit reports of their building's energy performance using the US Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Portfolio Manager Tool. The...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level -
State(s) Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
The water industry as a whole is a rising cost sector, meaning that the future cost of water services will be greater than historical costs. In the U.S., the EPA estimates water and wastewater infrastructure will require over $500 billion dollars of capital spending on infrastructure...

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 Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County, City or Town, Other Boards and Agencies, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States, Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Key elements of feed-in rates and CLEAN contracts include cost-based, standardized contracts that are long term, which allows developers to secure project financing. Incentives for local ownership, hiring of local workers, and use of locally made products can help ensure that these...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) Arizona
Source Tucson City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
This ordinance requires all commercial development and site plans to include a rainwater harvesting plan, that includes a landscape water budget and an implementation plan. All new commercial developments shall also include a rainwater harvesting system constructed according to an...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Public Spaces, Energy
This ordinance requires lighting systems to be upgraded and sub-meters to be installed in certain covered buildings based on square footage. It also requires that each tenant or subtenant within a covered tenant space that has a sub-meter to measure electrical consumption shall be...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) Florida
Source Gainesville City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Housing
This ordinance amends the Gainesville Code of Ordinances to add provisions for the purchase of solar generated energy through a standard offer contract for all classes and limits net metering distributed resource rates for general service and large power classes. This amendment adds...

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