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Part Three: Local Environmental Policies

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This section asks about the local environmental policies and activities of the local government you work for (which may include municipally-owned utilities). Remember that all your answers will be treated confidentially, and that answers to all the questions are required.


To the best of your knowledge, the local government you work for...

11. ...has completed a community-wide inventory of greenhouse gas emissions.
Yes
We're working on it/it's under consideration
No
I don't know
 
12. ...has set formal goals or targets for the reduction of community-wide greenhouse gas emissions.
Yes
We're working on it/it's under consideration
No
I don't know
 
13. ...has created a formal plan to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions.
Yes
We're working on it/it's under consideration
No
I don't know
 
14. ...has a policy to install energy-efficient lighting (e.g. in government buildings or streetlights).
Yes
We're working on it/it's under consideration
No
I don't know
 
15. ...has a policy to only purchase energy-efficient equipment and appliances, as certified by Energy Star.
Yes
We're working on it/it's under consideration
No
I don't know
 
16. ...has a policy to purchase and/or produce clean energy to power its operations.
Yes
We're working on it/it's under consideration
No
I don't know
 
17. ...has energy efficiency standards for the construction or renovation of government-owned buildings.
Yes
We're working on it/it's under consideration
No
I don't know
 
18. ...has regulations requiring private or commercial buildings to meet energy-efficiency construction or renovation standards.
Yes
We're working on it/it's under consideration
No
No, because our local government lacks that authority
I don't know
 
19. ...has regulations requiring any new private or commercial buildings to incorporate passive heating, natural lighting, or photovoltaics.
Yes
We're working on it/it's under consideration
No
No, because our local government lacks that authority
I don't know
 
20. ...has an anti-idling policy for government-owned vehicles.
Yes
We're working on it/it's under consideration
No
I don't know
 
21. ...bans or regulates idling for private or commercial vehicles.
Yes
We're working on it/it's under consideration
No
No, because our local government lacks that authority
I don't know
 
22. ...has, within the past year, acquired hybrid or electric vehicles, alternative-fueled vehicles, or otherwise acted to green its vehicle fleet.
Yes
We're planning to/it's under consideration
No
I don't know
 
23. ...requires contractors to comply with environmental requirements (e.g. green purchasing, anti-idling, energy efficiency, or etc).
Yes
We're working on it/it's under consideration
No
No, because our local government lacks that authority
I don't know
 
24. ...provides information to residents about environmentally-friendly behavior.
Yes
We're planning to/it's under consideration
No
I don't know
 

 

 


The 2014 Local Environment Survey is part of a larger research effort, affiliated with University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs. The purpose of this research is to better understand what local governments in the United States are doing to protect the environment, and why. Only a few local governments have been selected to participate in this survey, so your participation is valuable.

If you have any questions or concerns about this research, you can contact the lead researcher (Ryan Bodanyi) at (401) 829-6192 or by email.

Last updated: May 21, 2014