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New York Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Act (2010)

September 29, 2010

This landmark smart growth bill, the New York State Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act (A8011-b/S5560-b), was signed into law on September 29, 2010 by Governor David Paterson. The law directs New York State agencies, authorities and public corporations to screen their infrastructure programs and investments to ensure that they are not funding unsustainable infrastructure. One of the most significant impacts of the Act is that all NYS funding agencies must now, formally, meet ten (10) Smart Growth goals.

Related Organizations: State of New York

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Design for Future Climate: Opportunities for Adaptation in the Built Environment

June 2010

This report provides an overview of climate change and outlines areas of innovation for the construction sector as related to three major areas: building comfort (heating/cooling), construction design, and water use. Although UK focused, there are detailed adaptive building strategies provided that are universal.  

Related Organizations: Innovate UK

Author or Affiliated User: Bill Gethig

Resource Category: Planning

 

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City of Philadelphia Cool Roof Law and Building Code

May 2010

In May 2010, Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania approved legislation requiring all new construction in the city to use highly reflective roofing materials that meet or exceed Energy Star cool roof standards. The Cool Roof Law is a first step toward Philadelphia's anticipated adoption of green building standards.

Related Organizations: Department of Energy, City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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City of Phoenix, Arizona Tree and Shade Master Plan

2010

The City of Phoenix Tree and Shade Master Plan addresses urban forestry and the value of trees in Phoenix, Arizona. The urban forest, as described in the plan, is essential to creating a sustainable city because it solves many problems with one single solution.   By investing in trees and the urban forest, the city can reduce its carbon footprint, decrease energy costs, reduce stormwater runoff, increase biodiversity, address the urban heat island effect, clean the air, and increase property values.

Related Organizations: City of Phoenix, Arizona

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Adapting to Climate Change: The Public Policy Response - Public Infrastructure

June 2009

Leveraging prior U. S. infrastructure assessments, this report synthesizes threats to and the needs of public infrastructure posed by climate change. Infrastructure asset types discussed include: wastewater and waterworks systems, electric power generation and transmission systems, communication networks, roads and rail networks, transit and transportation facilities and ports, and oil and gas pipelines and associated facilities. The adaptive capacity of these assets are reviewed, and options for enhancing adaptive capacity through public sector investments in physical, planning, and human resources are presented.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: James E. Neumann, Jason C. Price

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Adding Green to Urban Design: A City for Us and Future Generations

November 20, 2008

Adopted by the Chicago Plan Commission in November 2008, this urban planning document presents a detailed implementation strategy for economically sound and environmentally sustainable urban design.  Elements for consideration encompass all areas of the city exposed to the environment from the building exterior to the street - including roofs, facades, yards, landscapes, open spaces, parkways, driveways, sidewalks, alleys, and roadways.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Resource Category: Planning

 

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City of Seattle, Washington Stormwater Code

2009

The City of Seattle, Washington’s stormwater regulations are implemented in order to improve stormwater management for new development in Seattle, including on-site stormwater management. Seattle’s Stormwater Code imposes retention requirements on residential properties.   These requirements vary according to several factors, including the type of sewer system or water body to which the site discharges and the size of the land disturbance or impervious surface on that site.   For example, if a parcel discharges into small lake basins and its total new-plus-replaced impervious surface is 2000 square feet or more, it must manage stormwater from a 25-year rainfall event (a storm that has a 4% chance of occurring in any given year).

Related Organizations: City of Seattle, Washington

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change and Land Use in Florida: Interdependencies and Opportunities

June 30, 2007

This report outlines the components of a sample state climate action plan as they relate to land use, including mitigation and adaptation options. The plan addresses enhanced resiliency to climate impacts related to land use in Florida, and the development of the capacity to participate in carbon markets and support economic development of the state. Climate projections for Florida are detailed, with specific attention to drought and the related impacts on agriculture, sea-level rise, and hurricanes.

Related Organizations: University of Florida, Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida

Author or Affiliated User: Stephen Mulkey

 

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Washington D.C. Green Roof Program

2007

In 2003, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation initiated a green roof demonstration project funded under the terms of a consent decree negotiated by the D. C. Water and Sewer Authority. The money was used to issue grants for the installation of eight different pilot green roofs that would reduce the cost of each green roof cost to the building owner by up to 20 percent. The pilot roofs served as models that building owners could use for future green roof projects, by providing data on costs, construction methods, performance, and maintenance needs.

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Land Use Impacts and Solutions to Sea Level Rise in East Central Florida

November 2004

The East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC) was contracted through a grant from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to participate in this study, which included all coastal states along the eastern seaboard - analyzing present and future land use and various coastal policies. This report's focus is on sea level rise and implications for Brevard and Volusia counties of Florida. The maps that accompany illustrate the areas that planners within this region expect will be protected from erosion and inundation in the coming decades.

Related Organizations: East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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