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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 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Current strategies of managing water are outdated and ineffective at addressing aging water systems and climate change.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 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 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 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 2016
Level City or Town, State, School District
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Education Law Center
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
Lead exposure negatively affects childrens’ learning and behavior, and increases government expenditures related to education, health care, and incarceration. The report makes recommendations geared towards preventing elevated lead levels in growing children and inhibiting the development...

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 Ordinance
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
The New York City Water Board is authorized to collect and enforce payment and service charges related to the city’s sewerage and water systems. This resolution calls on the New York City Water Board to not impose penalties or interest on water and sewer bills during the COVID-19...

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 Ordinance
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City of Middleton
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This chapter establishes the minimum requirements for stormwater management in the City of Middleton. In particular, all persons who engage in land development activities shall establish on-site management practices to control the quality and quantity of stormwater discharged from...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source American Water Works Association
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
Stagnation within building water systems is the condition in building plumbing when water is not being used and water remains still within the plumbing network. During stagnation, water quality issues may develop. The purpose of this document is to help building managers assess and...

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 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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Re:Focus Partners
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
Many cities across the United States are home to legacy infrastructure systems. These older water, transportation, and communications systems are not only poorly suited to current needs, but they are also nearing the end of their usable lives after decades of underinvestment and deferred...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Water Environment Federation
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
The goal of the Reuse Roadmap is to develop a high-level approach to help guide utilities and industry decision-makers in issues to address when considering water reuse Like the Energy and Nutrients roadmaps, the Water Reuse roadmap is brief and high level to be accessible to all...

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 Ordinance
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Housing, Health
This ordinance amends the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to remediating lead water hazards in dwellings. In particular, it calls upon dwelling unit owners to reduce or eliminate lead-based paint hazards through the wet scraping and repainting, removal, encapsulation,...

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 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 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Journal of Science Policy & Governance
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
There is significant potential for gains in energy efficiency (EE) in the U.S. water sector that, if realized, would support the security of water supply for its various uses at a lower cost over the long run than business as usual. This paper specifically examines the potential benefits...

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 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...

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