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 Preamble: 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. http://www.noaca.org/administrativedownloads.html 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 effectively. 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 PEDS 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 Jami 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 Jami 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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