Movement for Black Lives List of Policy Demands and Democracy and Justice in Action

By Rossanna Mercedes, Medium.June 5, 2020 | CREATE! I was so excited last year when, on August 1st, The Movement for Black Lives released a robust policy agenda titled A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom and Justice — and included a bold solution for more community control through participatory budgeting? Contained in the policy agenda are some things we want …

100 million Americans, including 27 million children lack access to decent nearby green spaces

Low-income households and people of color in cities are least likely to live near decent green spaces . low-income households and people of color least likely to live close to parks with basic amenities like bathrooms, playgrounds and basketball courts. Multiple studies have shown that spending time in green spaces reduces stress and improves physical and psychological wellbeing for adults …

The amount of time people spend visiting easily accessible recreational & safe spaces, a downtown or city center were found to have significant impacts on residents’ actions & feelings of attachment to a metro area. Also 90% of white residents have access to recreational areas vs 78% of black residents

AUTHOR Cailin Crowe in Smart Cities Dive, May 20, 2020 The amenities that attach people to their cities: report  POST,  SHARE,  TWEET A new Urban Institute report released Wednesday, commissioned by the Knight Foundation, surveyed 11,000 U.S. residents across 26 metro areas to understand what determines a person’s sense of attachment and connection to their city or community. Access to arts and …

Slow streets are the path to a better city: “overnight, transformed our family life and the lives of our neighbors”

Overnight, slow streets transformed our neighborhood. Everyone should have access to the same opportunity. By Courtney E. Martin in Curbed, May 19, 2020 The first time you watch your kid pedal away from you on two wheels, your hand free from her seat, her wobble small and her confidence grand, is one of those high moments that make all the low moments of parenting …

How planned retreat is evolving with use of eminent domain

Trump Administration presses cities to evict homeowners from flood zones The New York Times | Christopher Flavelle The federal government is giving local officials nationwide a painful choice: Agree to use eminent domain to force people out of flood-prone homes, or forfeit a shot at federal money they need to combat climate change. That choice, part of an effort by …

City and State Stretch Codes

https://gettingtozeroforum.org/policy-resources/ ZERO ENERGY POLICY An increasing number of cities, counties, and states around the US are committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. Here we provide a curated list of leading energy goals, policies, and energy stretch codes from states and local jurisdictions, as well as programs that support jurisdictions. Resources include legislation, strategic plans, energy and climate action plans, …

Legal Considerations for Urban Carbon Mitigation Policies

Posted on October 29th, 2019 by Amy Turner in Carbon Law Blog, LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR URBAN CARBON MITIGATION POLICIES By Amy Turner Last month, the Sabin Center announced our new Cities Climate Law Initiative, a project aimed at helping U.S. cities achieve their climate mitigation commitments by addressing critical gaps or obstacles to advancing implementation of the laws and legal tools available to help reduce …

Approaches Cities Are Taking and Law on Municipal Gas Bans

The bans in California and Massachusetts rely on different sources of authority. Many of the California bans are structured as amendments to the local building codes. In that state, municipalities are permitted to adopt building energy code provisions that are more stringent than the state code with California Energy Commission approval. San Jose, Menlo Park, San Mateo, West Hollywood and …

Legal Tools for Achieving Low Traffic Zones

LEGAL TOOLS FOR ACHIEVING LOW TRAFFIC ZONES (LTZS): NEW SABIN CENTER WHITE PAPER February 10th, 2020 by Amy Turner An increasing number of U.S. cities are seeking to limit the flow of vehicular traffic in designated areas as a means to reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions from cars and trucks and to help achieve their municipal climate goals. The creation of …

States and cities pursuing building electrification

Feb 2020, Garet Bleir for Sierra Club See 34-page Building Electrification Action Plan A major push for the electrification of buildings is occurring, outfitting new or retrofitting existing buildings with electric heating units and appliances instead of being powered by fossil fuels such as “natural” (fracked and conventional) gas, which has health and safety (including climate) effects.  Seattle has just enacted …