Washington, D.C. (October 15, 2020) - The Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy, a post partisan think tank based in Washington, DC has published a new Report examining effective municipal approaches to climate change policy. The Municipal Approaches to Climate Policy Report analyzes successful initiatives taken at the local level that have resulted in reduced carbon emissions and cleaner air as juxtaposed to tacticsthat only escalate the politicization of the climate issue without achieving notable environmental protection or long term benefits for the community.
"While certainly a high-profile topic on the world stage, impactful environmental policy first begins at the local level in cities and state legislatures,” said Sarah E. Hunt, Co-Founder and CEO of the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy. “Municipal leaders must realize there are actionable approaches to climate policy that can and should be adopted locally to promote sustainable economic growth and create a brighter future for communities across the country.”
The Report draws on the extensive analytical and policy experience of the Rainey Center Energy Team, distilling hundreds of localized policy programs from Chicago to Singapore into data-driven insights and actionable recommendations for policymakers who are interested in creative solutions to environmental issues. Top takeaways include initiatives that adopt time-bound clean energy goals; improved access to public transportation, waste reduction programs and employing tax credits to incentivize energy efficiency. Effective policies are contrasted with risky approaches like municipal and state lawsuits against industry, which to date have been losses for government plaintiffs while increasing political polarization on environmental issues.
"Local policy makers are more empowered than many realize to enact sustainable policies to positively benefit both the economies and welfare of their communities while addressing climate issues," Ms. Hunt continued. "The Rainey Center hopes this Report sparks even more creative policy solutions for communities nationwide."