Model Policies

Arkansas SB 876 amends the Clean Energy Development Act to include natural gas public utilities. It requires natural gas public utilities to consider clean energy and the use of renewable energy as part of any resource plan or natural gas procurement plan. It also allows biofuel to satisfy an electric or natural gas utility's energy efficiency or conservation goals.

Category: Green Building, Miscellaneous, Non-building
State: Arkansas

The city of Stamford will strive to purchase green alternatives to the top 10 items or services routinely purchased by the city, or which represent a significant cost savings, including cleaners, computers, fleets, office electronics, and paint.

Category: Miscellaneous
State: Connecticut

This law provides model policy ordinances for construction and demolition (C&D) construction, green building, etc.

Focus: Commercial
Category: Green Building, Miscellaneous
State: California

Public Resources Code Section 25402.1(h)2 and Section 10-106 of the Building Energy Efficiency Standards establish a process which allows local adoption of energy standards that are more energy efficient than the statewide Standards. This process allows local governments to adopt and enforce energy standards before the statewide Standards effective date, require additional energy conservation measures, and/or set stricter energy budgets. Local governments are required to apply to the Energy Commission for approval, documenting the supporting analysis for how the local government has determined that their proposed Standards will save more energy than the current statewide Standards and the basis of the local government's determination that the local standards are cost-effective. Once the Energy Commission staff has verified that the local standards will require buildings to use no more energy than the current statewide Standards and that the documentation requirements...

Focus: Adoption
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure, Exceeding the Code, Green Building, Incentive, Lighting Upgrades, Miscellaneous, Netmetering and Submetering Policies, Retro-commissioning, Water and Landscaping
State: California

Arkansas HB 1624 promotes economic development and exempts fuel and energy used or consumed in manufacturing from the state sales tax.

Category: Miscellaneous
State: Arkansas

Arizona HB 2336 authorizes the governing body of a city or town to designate renewable energy incentive districts to encourage the construction and operation of renewable energy equipment in the district. It also provides for expedited zoning procedures, abatement of zoning fees, expedited processing of permits, and abatement or waivers of development standards and requires a public hearing.

Category: Miscellaneous
State: Arizona

This legislation permits solid waste management facilities to collect and convert methane gas from landfills to electricity or other alternative sources of energy.

Category: Miscellaneous
State: Arkansas

Colorado SB 51 amends the State Clean Energy Finance Program Act to include credit unions among the lenders that may make loans under the program. It also includes renewable energy developers and installers of solar panels and other renewable energy generation equipment among the contractors that may be certified under the program. Finally, it authorizes the Governor's Energy Office, as administrator of the program, to develop and license the use of a "Clean and Green" Colorado.

Category: Miscellaneous
State: Colorado

Colorado SB 78 requires the state historical society and the cities that distribute grant monies from the state historical fund to adopt standards for the distribution of the monies that allow the use of energy-efficient materials and technologies, as long as their use does not affect the historic appearance of a historic property.

Category: Miscellaneous
State: Colorado

Initiative 202 authorizes the city council to levy and collect a Climate Action Plan Tax from residential, commercial, and industrial power consumers for the purpose of funding a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Miscellaneous
State: Colorado

In an effort to lead by example, the Federal Government must increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water, reduce waste and pollution, practice green procurement, and construct high performance buildings. Detailed efforts on achieving the goals to lead by example are outlined in this ordinance.

Focus: Regulatory
Category: Green Building, Miscellaneous, Water and Landscaping
State: National

In addition to green building requirements for all new city construction to attain a LEED certification, Derry also requires the purchase of hybrid vehicles and alternative fuel for the town fleet.

Category: Green Building, Miscellaneous, Non-building
State: New Hampshire

Resolution No. 07-09 requires a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2% annually from 2007, until 80% of baseline (FY 2001-02) is reached.

Category: Miscellaneous
State: North Carolina

SBC-11 involves education and training requirements for building inspectors and code officials.

Focus: Adoption
Category: Miscellaneous
State: Rhode Island

This communication pertains to log home testing. The log home industry will not support any new code changes because many of the standards are too restrictive. The council has agreed to use REScheck, however.

Focus: Residential
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance, Miscellaneous
State: Virginia

All city departments will incorporate green and environmentally preferred purchasing practices into the current program. All departments are responsible for purchasing ENERGY STAR or similarly energy-efficient appliances, using and encouraging contractors to use recycled materials, purchasing Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxic (PBT) free products when available and using alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles when possible.

Category: Miscellaneous
State: Washington