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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.

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    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