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									Environmental Initiatives
Benchmarking Criteria

                                                Does MPO have environmental goals in their                Does MPO have         Environmental Initiatives - If yes, what categories? (list initiative name or brief description under applicable categories)
MPO (name and main city)                        vision plan or mission statement? (yes/no - if            any environmental     Air                                          Water

                                                                                                                                Pollution Prevention (P2): the reduction or
                                                                                                                                elimination of pollution at the source (source
                                                                                                                                reduction) instead of at the end-of-the-pipe
                                                                                                                                or stack. Pollution prevention occurs when
                                                                                                                                raw materials, water, energy and other             Capital Improvement Program, Metro Environment
                                                                                                                                resources are utilized more efficiently, when      Education Center
                                                                                                                                less harmful substances are substituted for
                                                                                                                                hazardous ones, and when toxic substances          MetroEnvironment Partnership Grant Program - to
                                                                                                                                are eliminated from the production process.        improve the water quality of Metro Area lakes and
                                                                                                                                By reducing the use and production of              rivers by reducing nonpoint source pollution through
                                                                                                                                hazardous substances, and by operating             implementation grants
                                                                                                                                more efficiently we protect human health,
                                                                                                                                strengthen our economic well-being, and            Water Resources Management Policy Plan
                                                no - The mission of the Metropolitan Council is to                              preserve the environment. MCES endorses            Volunteer Water Monitoring Programs
                                                develop, in cooperation with local communities, a                               Pollution Prevention at home and in the
                                                comprehensive regional planning framework,                                      workplace for sustainability and the               The Metropolitan Council's approach to water quality
                                                focusing on transportation, wastewater, parks and                               betterment of the metropolitan region and its      concerns relies on a watershed focus to control
                                                aviation systems, that guides the efficient growth of                           resources. MCES also encourages and                pollution from point (specific) and nonpoint (diffuse)
                                                the metropolitan area. The Council operates transit                             assists with Pollution Prevention intiatives by    sources, bringing together agencies and
Metropolitan Council (Minneapolis-St.Paul) -    and wastewater services and administers housing                                 Industrial Users through its Pollution             organizations in partnerships for collaborative
Jami                                            and other grant programs.                                 yes                   Prevention Team.                                   planning and implementation.

                                           Yes. Although there is no formalized Mission
                                           Statement, the Mission is described in Charter
                                           We, the people of the Portland area metropolitan
                                           service district, in order to establish an elected,
                                           visible and accountable regional government that is
                                           responsive to the citizens of the region and works
                                           cooperatively with our local governments; that
                                           undertakes, as its most important service, planning                                                                                     Water Quality and Floodplain Protection Program
                                           and policy making to preserve and enhance the                                                                                           provides regionwide protection measures for water
                                           quality of life and the environment for ourselves                                                                                       quality and floodplain management; requires local
                                           and future generations; and that provides regional                                                                                      jurisdictions to meet regional performance standards
                                           services needed and desired by the citizens in an                                                                                       relating to water quality (ie, protect vegetation along
METRO-Serving Portland and the surrounding efficient and effective manner, do ordain this charter                                                                                  rivers, streams, and wetlands, prevent soil erosion
counties (Portland) - Jami                 for the Portland area metropolitan service district, to                                                                                 and loose soil muddying streams, and prevent
                                           be known as Metro.                                                                   No specific programs, just reports about           uncontained uses of hazardous materials along rivers
(http://www.metro-region.org/)                                                                     Yes                          meeting federal air quality requirements.          and streams).

                                                Statement found in the 25-Year Vision for Public
                                                Transportation plan: “…Transport customers in a
                                                system that promotes a desirable quality of life,
                                                supports sustainable development of communities,
                                                improves the quality of the environment throughout
                                                the Massachusetts Bay region, and distributes                                   No specific program, just performance
                                                benefits and burdens equally.”                                                  measures related to air quality:

                                                 Minimize transportation-related pollution of the                                 • Percent Reduction in Volatile Organic
                                                environment                                                                       Compound Emissions
                                                • Reduce the MBTA's environmental impact on the                                   • Percent Reduction in Nitrogen Oxide
                                                commonwealth by implementing projects and                                         Emissions
                                                programs that increase the use of low-polluting fuels                             • Percent Reduction in Carbon Monoxide
                                                and efficient engine technology in all transit vehicles                           Emissions
                                                and that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.                                         • Percent Reduction in Carbon Dioxide
                                                • Minimize community disruption and negative              No specific             Emissions
                                                environmental impacts.                                    environmental           • Cost Per Unit Reduction in VOC Emissions
                                                • Construct and operate facilities that reduce traffic    initiatives found, only • Cost Per Unit Reduction in NOx Emissions
                                                congestion and improve air quality by providing           environmental impact • Cost Per Unit Reduction in CO Emissions
                                                residents of the Massachusetts Bay region with an         statements included • Cost Per Unit Reduction in Carbon Dioxide
Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council       attractive alternative to traveling in private            in the transportation Emissions
(Boston) - Gwen                                 automobiles                                               projects.                                                          No initiatives found

                                                                                                                                Ozone Action Partnership, Philadelphia
                                                                                                                                Region Air Quality Forecast – “The Ozone
                                                                                                                                Action program notifies the public about
                                                                                                                                forecasted high ozone days, and asks for
                                                                                                                                voluntary actions to reduce emissions of           Watershed Planning – DVRPC is lead planning
                                                                                                                                ozone-forming pollutants during summer             agency for 2 watershed management areas in New
                                                                                                                                months, when ground-level ozone levels are         Jersey (Lower Delaware Tributaries Watershed
                                                                                                                                the highest.”                                      Management Area 18 and Crosswicks Creek
                                                                                                                                ecommute- DVRPC encourages employers               Watershed Management Area 20) as designated by
                                                                                                                                to participate in a federal study that             the NJ DEP. The focus is on ways to eliminate non
                                                                                                                                evaluates the impact telecommuting has on          point source pollution.
                                                Yes – “…DVRPC advises on regional policy and                                    air quality by those participants not driving to   2025 Open Space Network – Plan listing 7 major
                                                capital funding issues concerning transportation,                               work. A software program tracks                    environmental initiatives, including protection of river
Delaware Valley Regional Planning               economic development, the environment, and land                                 participation and emission savings.                and stream corridors and wetland areas.
Commission (Philadelphia) - Gwen                use.”                                                     yes
                                              Does MPO have environmental goals in their               Does MPO have       Environmental Initiatives - If yes, what categories? (list initiative name or brief description under applicable categories)
MPO (name and main city)                      vision plan or mission statement? (yes/no - if           any environmental   Air                                          Water

                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, EWGCC is organizing a Regional Water
                                                                                                                                                                        Resources Council (RWRC) for the Missouri portion
                                                                                                                                                                        of the EWGCC region. It will serve as an advisory
                                                                                                                                                                        committee to the EWGCC Board of Directors. The
                                                                                                                                                                        membership of the RWRC will be composed of
                                                                                                                                                                        representatives from industry, water and sewer
                                            No, but debatable: To help create a better sense of                                                                         districts, communities, government agencies,
                                            "region" among our unique local government                                     East-West Gateway along with the             universities, environmental groups, and the general
                                            constituency by acting as a catalyst to achieve                                Transportation Corridor Improvement Group public and from all parts of the region. The RWRC
                                            consensus on regional issues, plan alternative                                 (leading) are assessing the environmental    will give critical analysis and advice on major St. Louis
East-West Gateway Coordinating Council (St. actions, and aggressively pursue positive change in                            impacts of the proposed light rail expansion water resources issues (including stormwater runoff
Louis) - Jami                               the physical, economic, and social environment.     Yes                        (required).                                  and concern of substandard drinking water).

                                              No -
                                              Vision Statement: "Enhancing and protecting quality
                                              of life in our region"                                                       RideArrangers (committed to using the
                                                                                                                           latest transportation management ideas and
                                              Mission Statement: "DRCOG is a place where local                             the best available technologies to keep
                                              officials can work together to solve the region's                            traffic moving, maintain air quality and
                                              problems"                                                                    preserve the quality of life that Denver metro
                                                                                                                           area residents know and expect. Helps            "DRCOG is the areawide water quality management
                                              (But, have long-term focus on issues which directly                          businesses and individuals find ways to ease     agency. Through its regional plan, the Clean Water
                                              affect quality of life, including mobility, service to                       congestion and reduce pollution by               Plan , the regional council and its local governments
                                              older adults, environmental concerns, planning for                           encouraging methods of travel beyond the         establish a cost-efficient wastewater treatment plant
Denver Regional Council of Governments        the future, public safety and the provision of                               single-occupant vehicle; Bike to Work Day        system so that the region’s growing population can be
(Denver) - Robyn                              information for sound decisionmaking.)                 yes                   (June 23, 2004)
                                                                                                                           Air Quality:                                     assured of clean water."

                                                                                                                           The CAA requires each state to have a
                                                                                                                           State Implementation Plan (SIP), a
                                                                                                                           collection of the regulations and programs a
                                                                                                                           state will use to attain and/or maintain
                                                                                                                           federal air quality standards. Staff helps MI
                                                                                                                           DEQ create and update SIP.

                                                                                                                           Emissions Inventory Development - In
                                                                                                                           support of transportation, air quality, and SIP
                                                                                                                           planning activities, staff work to develop
                                                                                                                           emissions inventory information from mobile
                                                                                                                           sources (cars, trucks, etc.) by using EPA's
                                                                                                                           approved mobile model.                          Water Quality:

                                                                                                                           Conformity Analysis                              staff work to support local environmental planning
                                                                                                                           The Clean Air Act requires all transportation    initiatives, such as watershed management
                                                                                                                           plans and programs to conform to the
                                                                                                                           requirements and pollution budgets in the        SEMCOG is the designated area-wide water quality
                                                                                                                           SIP. SEMCOG is responsible for assuring          management agency under section 208 of the
                                                                                                                           conformity to both projects and plans.           Federal Clean Water Act.

                                                                                                                           SEMCOG is responsible for working with the       Wayne County Rouge River National Wet Weather
                                                                                               Yes - SEMCOG's              Michigan DEQ in developing plans and             Demonstration Project (Rouge Project) began in
                                                                                               Environmental               programs that comply with federal CAA            1992, comprehensive program to manage wet
                                                                                               Program Area is             standards. Efforts are geared toward             weather pollution to restore the water quality of the
                                                                                               involved in a wide          improving the quality of life in Southeast       Rouge River. This cooperative watershed
                                                                                               range of issues             Michigan by attaining and maintaining air        management effort between federal, state, and local
                                              No -                                             involving: water            quality standards in as cost-effective a         agencies is supported by multi-year federal grants
                                              Mission: SEMCOG solves regional problems by      quality, air quality,       manner as possible                               from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments     working together with member localin NOACA's to solid waste, and
                                              Yes - mission statement, as written governments                                                                               (USEPA) and additional funding from local
(Detroit) - Robyn                                      the quality of life available online at
                                              improve Regulations and in Southeast Michigan
                                              Code of                                          land use.                   Air Toxics - The EPA released its                communities.

                                              In pursuing responsibilities for transportation and
                                              environmental planning for the region, NOACA aims
                                              to: (1) improve the quality of life of the region's
                                              citizens by enhancing the Region's long term
                                              economic development potential and by protecting
                                              its environmental quality; (2) assist member local
                                              governments and agencies in addressing local and
                                              regional issues in a cooperative manner; and (3)
                                              assure equitable flow and prudent expenditure of
                                              public funds.

                                              NOACA supports these aims by: (1) serving as a
                                              forum for local public officials to engage in regional
                                              debate and intergovernmental cooperation; (2)
                                              encouraging local decision-making to be in harmony
                                              with the region's transportation and environmental                                                                            Storm Water Management (recommended by Model
                                              plans; (3) maintaining federal designations and                              Ozone Action Day Program (combines air           Plan to be based on Watershed or multi-community
                                              planning processes and meeting federal and state                             quality analysis with a coordinated publicity    basis); Magic 2001 (GIS Mapping CD - how can
                                              requirements for regional programs; (4) seeking                              campaign to make individuals aware of and        residents access it?); Watershed Planning Efforts
                                              equitable return of state and federal funds to the                           limit ozone formation. area includes the         (links on map to all watershed planning efforts -
                                              region to meet locally determined needs; (5)                                 counties of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga,         provide planning assistance and support for
                                              providing information and technical planning support                         Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit         watershed action plans, studies, etc. for most of the
                                              to benefit member communities in order to best use                           Counties by informing the general population     area watersheds - some have other funding sources);
                                              public resources; and (6) advocating interests of the                        of the health risks and environmental            Home Sewage Disposal Systems (study done for
Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating          region with state and federal decision-makers.                               impacts ground-level ozone has on our            health/quality issues re HSDS); Clean Water 2000
Agency (Cleveland) - Robyn                                                                             Yes                 community)                                       Plan
                                                Does MPO have environmental goals in their               Does MPO have       Environmental Initiatives - If yes, what categories? (list initiative name or brief description under applicable categories)
MPO (name and main city)                        vision plan or mission statement? (yes/no - if           any environmental   Air                                          Water

                                                                                                                             The GBNRTC has developed a regional
                                                                                                                             plan to "retrofit" the existing roadway system
                                                                                                                             to better accommodate bicycle riders. The
                                                                                                                             process involved evaluating over 800 miles
                                                                                                                             of existing roadways in the City of Buffalo,
                                                As part of its mission, the GBNRTC seeks to                                  Erie and Niagara Counties for their suitability
                                                provide transportation alternatives and in particular,                       to accommodate shared use by bicyclists
                                                to make the Niagara Frontier region more                                     and motor vehicles. A series of roadway
                                                accessible to bicyclists and pedestrians                                     treatments have been proposed to improve
                                                                                                                             the integration of bicyclists on those
                                                emailed the MPO to get specific mission statement                            facilities. When implemented, this plan will
                                                                                                                             result in a network of priority bicycle routes
                                                The organization provides a regional decision-                               that will provide a viable transportation
                                                making forum for the development of a multi-modal,                           alternative to area travelers.
Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional                integrated transportation system that best fits the
Transportation Commission (Buffalo)             Niagara Frontier.                                   yes                      provide bicycle route guides on web-site          none found

                                                Yes - The NJTPA is the regional forum and technical
                                                resource for the people of northern New Jersey that:
                                                o Creates a vision to meet the mobility needs for
                                                people and goods;
                                                o Develops a plan for transportation improvement
                                                and management to fulfill the vision;
                                                o Partners with citizens, counties, cities, state, and
                                                federal entities to develop and promote the
                                                transportation plan;
                                                o Prioritizes federal funding assistance to make the
                                                plan a reality; and                                                          The only initiative found was the attempt at
                                                o Links transportation planning with economic                                pollution reductions required by the 1990
                                                growth, environmental protection, growth                                     Clean Air Act because the NJ region was
                                                management, and quality of life goals for the region.                        found to be in “non-attainment” of federal air
                                                                                                                             quality standards. No real initiatives, but       One roadway improvement project includes a water
                                                Goals statement leads off with the stated goal to                            rather just a demonstration that new              quality inlet in the runoff drains to clean road oil and
The North Jersey Transportation Planning        “Protect and improve the quality of natural                                  transportation projects will not add to further   sediment from the storm water. This does not appear
Authority - Gwen                                ecosystems and the human environment.”                   Yes                 air pollution.                                    to be a permanent initiative.
                                                                                                                             Yes- Enforcement of the EPA's new Motor
                                                Somewhat - The duties of the FCMPO outlined in                               Vehicle Emissions Budgets of volatile                       −
                                                the Metropolitan Planning Rules (23 CFR Part 450)                            organic compounds which will be maintained        Loch Rane Bel-Med Drainage
                                                and in §339.175, 9(a), Florida Statutes, include                             at or lower than the attainment level             Mitigation Environmental mitigation to address water
Jacksonville First Coast MPO (Jacksonville) -   responsibility for transportation related air, noise,                        estabilished which falls under the one hour       pollution due to highway runoff from state and local
Ann                                             and water quality planning within the urbanized area Yes                     ozone plan.                                       transportation facilities.

                                                Yes- there is involvement of the community in
                                                collaborative partnerships that encourage healthy
                                                economic growth compatible with the environment,
                                                improve the region's quality of life and provide
                                                opportunities for leadership development. And, as
                                                listed in objectives, they wish to improve the quality
                                                of life within the Area through the protection and
                                                enhancement of the physical environment, and to
                                                provide plans through which water supply and waste
                                                water treatment needs of the Area can be served

                                                                                                                             Yes- Assistance for Employers, 1-87-
Atlanta Regional Commission (Atlanta) - Ann                                                              Yes                 RIDEFIND, EPD Air Quality Index

                                                                                                                                                                               Yes-To establish and support programs that will
                                                                                                                             Yes-To establish and enforce policies that        maintain and/or upgrade water quality at levels which
                                                                                                   None stated               maintain and/or improve air quality at levels     will support aquatic life, wildlife and recreation, and
                                               Yes- Area local governments deal with many issues specifically but            that are conducive to human health and a          are conducive to human health and a safe, attractive
                                               of common regional concern through the Council      information               safe, attractive environment. To maintain air     environment.
                                               including transportation, solid waste management, pertaining to the           quality attainment status in the Nashville        Objective: To eliminate discharges into waters that
                                               air and water quality, area growth forecasts and    environment are as        area. Objective: To reduce the amounts of         are in excess of Federal, state or local water quality
Greater Nashville Regional Council (Nashville) impact analysis, programs for the region's elderly, follows for each          suspended particulate, gaseous and                standards.
- Ann                                          overall economic development and others.            section.                  odoriferous emissions particularly VOC.

                                                                                                                         Limited at best. SPC is considered with
                                                                                                                         traffic air pollution, but seemingly only in so
                                                                                                                         far as it relates to the Clean Air
                                                                                                   None stated           Amendments of 1990. Some consideration
                                                                                                   specifically but some given to traffic signal coordination to help
                                                No- mission not clear, but based on what was found initiatives could be  alleviate pollution associated with vehicle
Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission            in transportation vision, role of environment not  considered to be      speed. They have a congestion monitoring
(Pittsburgh) - Jami                             explicitly stated                                  environment-frienly. system in place.                                 No
                   Environmental Initiatives
                   Benchmarking Criteria

f yes, what categories? (list initiative name or brief description under applicable categories)                                                                                                                                                    Environmental concerns accounted for in     Environmental Participation: Are there            Partnerships with any environmental
                   MPO (name and main city)                           Solid Waste Reduction                Greenspace                           Smart Growth                     Sustainability                  Other?                            planning process? (yes/no - if yes, rank as environmental committees, Boards, Public          organizations? (yes/no - if yes, list

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 various: Transport

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Smart Commute Mortgage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Program: If you're looking to buy                                                                                               The MC partners with the regional parks to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a home in the Twin Cites                                                                                                        provide greenspace for wildlife and recreation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 metropolitan area (Hennepin,                                                                                                    The Tax Base Revitalization Account (land use)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Ramsey, Scott, Carver,                                                       Yes, the Metropolitan Council Environmental        is done in coordination with Minnesota's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Washington, Dakota or Anoka                                                  Services, which is one of three divisions of the   Department of Trade and Economic
                                                                     Biosolids Recycling Program                                                                                                                 counties) consider a Smart                                                   MC; the MCES has 2 volunteer programs to           Development.
                                                                     (Biosolids recycling is the                                                                                                                 Commute Mortgage. It's a                                                     aid in the monitoring of its rivers, lakes, and
                                                                     process of returning the                                                                                                                    program designed to help you                                                 streams (CAMP and VSMP). MCES is wholly            Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
                                                                     nutrients and organic matter                                                                                                                achieve home ownership and                                                   supported by fee revenue that includes both        (MCEA) (entered into a Memorandum of
                                                                     reclaimed from the wastewater         Partners with regional parks to                                       Land Use initiatives and P2     get a free bus pass for the first                                            wholesale-type fees and retail-type fees. No       Understanding designed to focus on abating
                   Metropolitan Council (Minneapolis-St.Paul) -      so that it can be used as land        provide space for wildlife and       Possibly--Tax Base               pollution prevention (see Air   year when you purchase a                                                     tax revenues support this division. Also, in       nonpoint sources of pollution to Metropolitan
                   Jami                                              fertilizer and soil conditioner)      recreational activities.             Revitalization Account           category)                       home near a bus route.            yes - moderate to high                     transport, the public can "Adopt-a-shelter."       Area lakes and rivers.)

                                                                                                 -The Metropolitan
                                                                                                 Greenspaces Master Plan -
                                                                                                 Environmental Education
                                                                                                 grants                          -
                                                                                                 Conservation and Restoration
                                                                                                 Grants: environmental
                                                                                                 education and conservation and
                                                                                                 restoration grant programs for
                                                                                                 urban projects that emphasize
                                                              Metro owns and operates two        environmental education, habitat
                                                              solid waste and recycling          enhancement and watershed
                                                              transfer stations and two          health.
                                                              hazardous waste facilities.        -Habitat Protection Program:                                                                                    -seeking to promote VanPool
                                                              Metro can also provide             vision statement - The overall                                                                                  services in the region           -
                                                              information about recycling and goal is to conserve, protect and                                                                                   Transit-oriented Development
                                                              waste prevention at a hotline                                                                                                                      (TOD) Implementation
                                                                                                 restore a continuous ecologically
                                                              number.                        '- viable streamside corridor                                                                                       Program: aimed at providing
                                                              Buyers' Guide to Recycled          system, from the streams’                                                                                       long-term benefits in line with
                                                              Products                         - headwaters to their confluence                                                                                  Metro's growth goals for the
                                                              Collection of hazardous            with others streams and rivers,                                                                                 region. This program provides
                                                              waste from Conditionally           and with their floodplains in a                                                                                 incentives for developers to
                                                              Exempt Generators (CEGs)           manner that is integrated with                                                                                  build mixed-use, higher-density
                                                              -Paper recycling for               the surrounding urban                                                                                           projects near transit centers
                                                              businesses                         landscape. This system will be                                                                                  along the MAX light-rail transit
                                                              -Natural Gardening and             achieved through conservation,                                                                                  line. In doing so, the program
                                                              Composting: Metro offers           protection and appropriate                                                                                      seeks to increase transit use,                                               Yes, the public may volunteer under the
                                                              information and worshops about restoration of streamside                                                                                           reduce reliance on automobiles,                                              Greenspace initiatives, either as a Naturalist,
                   METRO-Serving Portland and the surrounding composting, lawn care, pest and corridors through time.                                                                                            improve the quality of                                                       Crew Leader, Nature Volunteer, Nature
                   counties (Portland) - Jami                 weed control, and how to                                                                                                                           neighborhoods and address                                                    Monitor, Park Volunteer, or Program
                                                              choose plants that will resist                                       Revitalization Not Sprawl         2040 Growth Concept,                        other benefits outlined in Metro's                                           Volunteer. Also, public involvement for
                   (http://www.metro-region.org/)             pests and disease.                                                   (also see Sustainability section) Mainstreets Handbook                        2040 Growth Concept.               Yes, high.                                transportation planning.                           U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Environmental Justice Ad Hoc Committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              which advises MPO on incorporating EJ issues       Although it is unclear whether or not these are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              into the planning process. Public Participation    partnerships or just links to other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Guide states that members are                      organizations, Boston MPO provides many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              representatives of many relevant advocacy          links to other environmental organizations and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              organizations from throughout the region.          methods of transportation. Examples include:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Boston MPO Environmental Justice - Issues       Pedestrian Information:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that the EJ Ad Hoc Committee will focus on in   WalkBoston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the future:                                     AMERICAWALKS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              o what additional data needs to be collected to Walkable Communities, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              properly interpret existing measures;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 o how to identify and measure the needs of Water Ferry Information:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              persons who are not currently served by the     Bay State Cruises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              system;                                         Cape Cod Cruises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 o how to better measure the relative equity Airport Water Shuttle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of transportation investments;                  City Water Taxi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 o how to more adequately measure the         Harbor Express
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              relationship between highway spending and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              environmental justice;                          Bicycle Information:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 o how to perform and normalize cross-        Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              modal measurements;                             New England Mountain Biking Association
                                                                                                                                                No stated initiatives found,                                                                                                                     o how to measure efficiency and efficacy of Framingham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory
                                                                                                                                                although some principles                                                                                                                      service; and                                    Committee
                   Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council                                                                                    mentioned in the Goals and                                                                         Yes (based on Goals and Objectives            o how to expand the involvement of low-      Rubel Bike Maps
                   (Boston) - Gwen                                   No initiatives found                  No initiatives found                 Objectives section.              No initiatives found            None                              statement) – low/moderate???               income and minority communities.

                                                                                                           2025 Open Space Network-
                                                                                                           links existing parkland,
                                                                                                           population centers, and natural
                                                                                                           resource areas worthy of                                                                              Horizons, TheYear 2025
                                                                                                           preservation. Plan lists 7 major                                                                      Regional Land Use Plan for the
                                                                                                           environmental protection                                                                              Delaware Valley – report states
                                                                                                           objectives including protection of                                                                    the goals of DVRPC in the
                                                                                                           woodlands and other open                                                                              preservation of farmland, natural
                                                                                                           spaces in the region to allow for                                                                     resources and open spaces.
                                                                                                           scenic vistas and other ways for                                                                      Study focused on 14 open
                                                                                                           people to connect to the natural                                                                      space and natural resource
                                                                                                           environment. Plan summarizes                                                                          protection tools.
                                                                                                           existing and proposed open                                                                            (www.dvrpc.org/planning/protect
                                                                                                           space data by county and                                                                              iontools.htm)
                                                                                                           according to acreage.                                                                                 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
                                                                                                           (www.dvrpc.org/planning/opens                                                                         – DVRPC works with New
                                                                                                           pace/network.htm)                                                                                     Jersey Bicycle Advisory Council
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and the Southeastern
                                                                                                           Greenway Projects – DVRPC is                                                                          Pennsylvania Bicycle Task
                                                                                                           developing how-to guides for                                                                          Force; works with New Jersey                                                 Land Use and Development Committee
                                                                     Regional Indicators: Measuring        elected and appointed officials                                                                       Pedestrian Task Force and
                                                                     Our Progress to 2025 Plan –           on how to coordinate ventures                                                                         Philly Walks.                                                                Tri-County Water Quality Management Board
                                                                     “Assure a clean and sustainable       and services; one in the series                                                                       “…And Justice for All”:
                                                                     environment for existing and          is the Inter-Municipal Greenway                                                                       DVRPC’s Strategy for Fair                                                    Regional Air Quality Committee
                                                                     future residents of the region,       Planning guide which describes                                                                        Treatment and Meaningful
                                                                     and integrate environmental           the benefits of and provides                                                                          Involvement of all People – EJ                                               Environmental Justice Public Involvement Task
                                                                     protection objectives in all          advice on how to plan and            Smart Growth principles are                                      report studying DVRPC’s EJ                                                   Force                                         New Jersey Bicycle Advisory Council
                                                                     planning activities” – this section   develop inter-municipal              encouraged in the publications                                   plans and methodology for                                                                                                  Southeastern Pennsylvania Bicycle Task Force
                   Delaware Valley Regional Planning                 of the plan tracks municipal          greenspaces, with or without         that DVRPC designs as guides                                     evaluating EJ in DVRPC’s long                                                Regional Citizens Committee (public           New Jersey Pedestrian Task Force
                   Commission (Philadelphia) - Gwen                  waste totals for the region.          trails.                              for municipalities.              Nothing found                   range plans                       Yes – rank: high                           participation)                                Philly Walks
f yes, what categories? (list initiative name or brief description under applicable categories)                                                                                                                                          Environmental concerns accounted for in     Environmental Participation: Are there                    Partnerships with any environmental
                   MPO (name and main city)                           Solid Waste Reduction             Greenspace                      Smart Growth                    Sustainability                  Other?                           planning process? (yes/no - if yes, rank as environmental committees, Boards, Public                  organizations? (yes/no - if yes, list

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Yes, Transportation Corridor Improvement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Yes, several area open houses are planned,          Group (housed at the East-West Gateway),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           which offer citizens the chance to meet the         Missouri Dept of Transportation, Metro
                                                                                                                                        No, not explicitly stated as smart                                                               low-moderate. Environmental issues                Metro South study team and express support          (formerly Bi-State Development Agency),
                   East-West Gateway Coordinating Council (St.                                                                          growth, but concern with issues Yes, mostly with regard to water                                 (predominantly water and air) mentioned           and concerns. The public can visit the Web          Metro South ( Planning MetroLink in South St.
                   Louis) - Jami                                                                        No                              of sustainability.
                                                                                                                                        The Mile High Compact is a         and air issues.               no                              sometimes, but not extensively.                   site often for open house dates and times           Louis County); see also "Water"
                                                                                                                                       landmark voluntary agreement
                                                                                                                                       among Denver metro area cities
                                                                                                                                       and counties to manage growth.
                                                                                                        As part of the Mile High       Participants made a legally
                                                                                                        Compact DRCOG agrees to        binding agreement to work with
                                                                                                        adopt Urban Growth Areas or    each other to plan for growth by
                                                                                                        Urban Growth Boundaries, as    sticking to updated master
                   Metropolitan Council (Minneapolis-St.Paul) -
                                                                                                        established by Metro Vision    plans, coordinating development
                                                                                                        2020, within the               with neighboring jurisdictions
                                                                                                        comprehensive/master plans, or and keeping development within
                                                                                                        in the case of counties by     boundaries.
                                                                                                        resolution of the Board of
                                                                                                        Commissioners, and to allow    Part of the MetroVision 2020 of
                                                                                                        urban development only within the Compact is Preserving the
                                                                                                        those areas. encourage and     region’s natural environment,
                                                                                                        support the efficient          especially air and water quality:
                                                                                                        development within Urban       Metro Vision emphasizes
                                                                                                        Growth Areas or Urban Growth development patterns that
                                                                                                        Boundaries consistent with the minimize vehicle miles of travel
                                                                                                        goals ofMetro Vision 2020.     throughout the region in cars
                                                                                                        Modifications to Urban Growth driven by only one person,
                                                                                                        Areas or Urban Growth          known as single-occupant
                                                                                                        Boundaries will be addressed   vehicles. Moreover, the region's
                                                                                                        through Metro Vision 2020’s    Clean Water Plan takes into
                                                                                                        flexibility process. Agree to  account the growth assumptions
                                                                                                        address nonurban growth        for the region, as stated in Metro
                                                                                                        outside of the Urban Growth    Vision, and monitors their
                                                                                                        Area or Urban Growth Boundary effects on the region's streams                                                                    high (working to implement Metro Vision 2020,
                                                                                                        through subregional planning,  and watersheds. All the core                                                                      which has many environmental pieces), plus                                                            none found specifically, however many links
                                                                                                        intergovernmental agreements, elements of Metro Vision work See Mile High Compact -                                              current projects of ozone action, bike to work,                                                       throughout sites to useful organizations (such
                   Denver Regional Council of Governments                                               comprehensive/master plans or together to provide a balanced relates to sustainability issues                                    ridearrangers, water plans, etc. - truly working                                                      as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS,
                   (Denver) - Robyn                                  none found                         revised Metro Vision policies. growth and development             and ubran growth areas                                         as a region with other communities)              Water and Environmental Planning Committee           Water Institutes, etc.)

                                                                     State statute requires that each
                                                                     county develop a Solid Waste
                                                                     Management Plan. SEMCOG,
                                                                     as the Regional Solid Waste
                                                                     Planning Agency, participates
                                                                     on each county's solid waste
                                                                     management planning
                                                                     committees as plans are
                                                                     developed and updated.

                                                                     SEMCOG represented by staff
                                                                     on various county                                                                                                                  Land Use - SEMCOG monitors
                                                                     subcommittees established to                                                                                                       and evaluates select legislative
                                                                     implement the county plans.                                                                                                        land use issues affecting                                                                                                              Yes - Clean Air Coalition of Eastern Michigan
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Southeast Michigan and its local                                                   The Environmental Policy Advisory Council
                                                                     As solid waste issues of regional                                                                                                  governments. Staff also assists                                                    (EPAC) identifies and responds to regional          Staff represent the region in several decision
                                                                     significance arise, staff convene                                                                                                  in developing land use tools and                                                   issues related to the quality of the environment,   making forums that include the Michigan
                                                                     and facilitate the Regional Solid                                                                                                  techniques consistent with                                                         including water quality management, storm           Department of Environmental Quality, the
                                                                     Waste Task Force. The task                                                                                                         environmental protection. These                                                    water drainage, sewage capacity, air quality,       United States Environmental Protection
                                                                     force primarily reviews and                                                                                                        efforts include educating local                                                    the relationship of land use to environmental       Agency, the Michigan Legislature, and
                                                                     develops recommended                                                                                                               officials on various approaches                                                    quality; and solid waste management. EPAC           numerous other organizations and task forces.
                                                                     regional solid waste policy                                                                                                        to managing growth and           yes - moderate (as required by laws, but          meets on the second Wednesday of every
                   Southeast Michigan Council of Governments         positions on proposed                                                                                                              development and promoting        designated for planning assistance unlike other   other month at 12:30 p.m. This council reports      SEMCOG partners with Wayne County on the
                   (Detroit) - Robyn                                 legislation and rules.            none found                       none found                      none found                      revitalization of urban areas.   MPOs, so more than some)                          to SEMCOG's Executive Committee.                    Rouge Project

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Public Involvement Public Education (PIPE)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Work Group (PIPE Model Plan to assist               Yes - National Car Poolers, Cleveland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           communities in meeting the public involvement       MetroParks; Akron Regional Air Quality
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and public education requirements outlined in       Management District; Cleveland Division of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         yes - low to moderate (have plans for water       the USEPA Storm Water Phase II Final Rule           Environment; USEPA and Ohio EPA; Lake
                   Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating                                                                                                                                                                                  and air - but I think that's required by the OH   and the Ohio EPA Model Permit                       Erie Protection Fund (funded home sewage
                   Agency (Cleveland) - Robyn                        none found                         none found                      none found                      none found                      none found                       EPA, so not much by own initiative)               Requirements)                                       study)
f yes, what categories? (list initiative name or brief description under applicable categories)                                                                                                                                                    Environmental concerns accounted for in     Environmental Participation: Are there              Partnerships with any environmental
                   MPO (name and main city)                           Solid Waste Reduction       Greenspace                        Smart Growth                           Sustainability                       Other?                             planning process? (yes/no - if yes, rank as environmental committees, Boards, Public            organizations? (yes/no - if yes, list

                                                                                                                                   One goal of the MPO is to
                                                                                                                                   improve transportation and land
                                                                                                                                   use coordination, which involves
                                                                                                                                   the following: Coordinate the
                                                                                                                                   regional transportation plan with
                                                                                                                                   municipal plans;
                                                                                                                                    Encourage mixed-use
                                                                                                                                   development with multi-modal
                                                                                                                                   transportation connections;
                                                                                                                                    Encourage new development to
                                                                                                                                   integrate with existing land use
                                                                                                                                   & transportation patterns;
                                                                                                                                    Support legislation efforts for                                             detailed information on web-site
                                                                                                                                   “smart growth” initiatives;                                                  provided to educate public
                                                                                                                                   Integrate & strengthen                                                       about EJ
                                                                                                                                   transportation considerations
                                                                                                                                   with land use planning;                                                      information on web-site to         moderate to high - they do more than what is
                                                                                                  promote efforts for "Building     Establish communication and                                                 educate public about alternative   federally mandated and appear to want to do
                                                                                                  Walkable Communities" (see       an informational process with           A quality of life issue that         fuels and vehicles, but no         more to grow environmentally (they attempt to     GBNRTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Group -         No - Although none were specifically found,
                   Metropolitan Council (Minneapolis-St.Paul) -                                   this site                        municipalities to emphasize the         GBNRTC is looking at is "How         mention of what GBNRTC             educate the public and get public feedback on     citizens interested are welcomed to form      there are links to pedestrian web-sites and
                   Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional                                               http://www.gbnrtc.org/pedestri1. land use-transportation                 to support sustainable               intends to do with the             efforts - currently doing studies and preparing   advisory groups for any interest to provide   have hopes to form community based
                   Transportation Commission (Buffalo)               none found                   htm)                             connection                              development?"                        information                        plans for improvements)                           feedback to GBNRTC.                           partnerships.

                                                                                                                                    Brownfields Economic
                                                                                                                                    Redevelopment Study – a three
                                                                                                                                    year study conducted with the
                                                                                                                                    New Jersey Institute of
                                                                                                                                    Technology to determine
                                                                                                                                    brownfield redevelopment
                                                                                                                                    options in New Jersey. While
                                                                                                                                    mainly an economic study, it
                                                                                                                                    does attempt to recognize and
                                                                                                                                    encourage Smart Growth goals
                                                                                                                                    of bringing brownfields back to
                                                                                                                                    productive use and preserving
                                                                                                                                    open space.

                                                                                                                                    Technical Studies - studies
                                                                                                                                    being conducted to find ways to        The North Jersey Strategy
                                                                                                  Brownfields Economic              promote Smart Growth                   Evaluation looks at the 13-
                                                                                                  Redevelopment Study – a three     principles in future planning.         county region in terms of "needs
                                                                                                  year study conducted with the     Some examples include                  districts." These 158 districts
                                                                                                  New Jersey Institute of           Expansion of Bikeway                   have been classified based on
                                                                                                  Technology to determine           Accommodations Along the               2025 demographic projections.
                                                                                                  brownfield redevelopment          River Road/County Route 622            They are divided into urban,
                                                                                                  options in New Jersey. While      Corridor; Strategic Growth             suburban and rural areas, with
                                                                                                  mainly an economic study, it      Management Plan; Bikeway               each area having its own
                                                                                                  does attempt to recognize and     Implementation Plan Southwest          specific goals, including                                               Environmental Impact is a category in the
                                                                                                  encourage Smart Growth goals      Loop (Hunterdon); and Northern         accessibility, sustainability,                                          evaluation of each plan as required.                                                            News bulletins state NJTPA goals of partnering
                                                                                                  of bringing brownfields back to   Hudson County Bicycle and              highway mobility, transit mobility, Some noise walls erected along      Rating: low, because they only appear to do                                                     with local environmental agencies and groups
                   The North Jersey Transportation Planning                                       productive use and preserving     Pedestrian Study (Hudson).             bicycle/pedestrian mobility, and highways, but no other major           what is federally required.                       Follows required public participation         when evaluation new projects. No specific
                   Authority - Gwen                                  No initiatives found.        open space.                                                              reliability.                        environmental initiatives.                                                            procedures.                                   long-term partnerships were found.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   yes- low because they mostly focus on the
                   Jacksonville First Coast MPO (Jacksonville) -                                                                                                                                                                                   transportation aspect within what is available
                   Ann                                               no                           no                                no                                     no                                   no                                 on the internet.                                  none listed                                   Yes- Defenders of Wildlife, EPA

                                                                                                                                    Yes- Liviable Centers Initative:       Yes- Liviable Centers Initative:
                                                                                                                                    To help foster greater livability in   To help foster greater livability in
                                                                                                  Yes- In their 2020 vision and     these activity and employment          these activity and employment                                                                                         Yes- Through efforts like the Community
                                                                                                  also in 1998, ARC also            centers in our region, the Atlanta     centers in our region, the Atlanta                                                                                    Choices initiative, we can provide choices so
                                                                                                  completed the Chattahoochee       Regional Commission (ARC)              Regional Commission (ARC)                                                                                             each community can preserve its unique
                                                                                                  River from Peachtree Creek to     developed the Livable Centers          developed the Livable Centers                                                                                         character and vision. Committees established
                                                                                                  West Point Lake Corridor Plan     Initiative (LCI). LCI provides         Initiative (LCI). LCI provides                                                                                        within the Commission include: Budget and
                                                                                                  Study that identifies sites for   seed money to communities              seed money to communities                                               Yes- High based on the amount of information Audit Review, Communications/Public
                                                                                                  preservation as open space or     that are working to enhance            that are working to enhance                                             that is available and the progress that seems Involvement, Community Services,              Yes- Metropolitain North Georgia Water
                                                                                                  development for parks and         livability and mobility for their      livability and mobility for their                                       to be made with the committees and filtration Environment/Land Use, Ethics, Transportation Planning District, Georgia Quality Growth
                   Atlanta Regional Commission (Atlanta) - Ann       No                           recreation activities.            residents.                             residents.                           WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK              into all aspects of their work.               and Air Quality, and Executive Committee.     Partnerships, Georgia Conservancy

                                                                                                                                    Yes- To guide urban
                                                                                                                                    development in a manner that
                                                                                                                                    restricts urbanization to areas
                                                                                                                                    within or contiguous to existing
                                                                                                                                    urban centers identified as
                                                                                                                                    Metropolitan Nashville and the
                                                                                                                                    regional satellite cities.To
                                                                                                                                    encourage the orderly use and
                                                                                                                                    development of land (including
                                                                                                                                    air and water use) through a
                                                                                                                                    regional strategy, emphasizing
                                                                                                                                    the most appropriate use based
                                                                                                                                    upon its environmental capacity
                                                                                                                                    and economic suitability,              Yes-GNRC regional planning
                                                                                                                                    agricultural and forestry land         efforts have also included
                                                                                                                                    withstanding. Objective: To            preparation and adoption of
                                                                  Yes- Alternate proposals for                                      discourage urban development           regional plans for transportation,
                                                                  wastewater treatment in lieu of                                   on environmentally sensitive           water and sewer, water quality,
                                                                  septic tanks and sewerage                                         areas and on areas required for        solid waste management, open                                            yes- moderate ( located in the plans with
                   Greater Nashville Regional Council (Nashville) systems are to be explored and                                    agricultural and forestry              space and recreation, affordable                                        goals, policies and objectives but no other
                   - Ann                                          tested within the region.       Yes                               purposes.                              housing and others.                                                     information)                                      none listed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Yes, but apparently limited. Public
                                                                                                                                                                           Yes, the SPC mentions                                                                                                 Participation Panels exist and every two years
                                                                                                                                  Nothing very explicit, although in       sustainability and claims to                                                                                          the PPPs hold public meetings to collect public
                                                                                                  Yes, SPC is proud of            the Transportation Plan from             commit to it and smart growth in                                                                                      opinion on transportation projects that citizens
                                                                                                  Southwestern PA's network of    June 2003, the SPC stated its            their 2030 plan. Their main                                             questionable- low. Environmental concerns     would like to see included in SPC’s four-year
                                                                                                  bikes and trails and even has a desire to pursue smart growth            concern here seems to be                                                sometimes hinted at, but no concerted,        Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP).           For a ride-matching program, the SPC links
                   Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission                                           pedestrian and bicycle advisory initiatives. Presuming these             building upon existing                                                  comprehensive plan to integrate environmental                                                  with CommuteInfo, so that commuters in the
                   (Pittsburgh) - Jami                               No                           group.                          initiatives are in their infancy.        infrastructure.                  No                                     initiatives into their plans.                 Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Group            region can carpool.

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