The multidisciplinary Sustainable Development Code is a model local code providing the best sustainability practices to local governments. Drake Law School is honored to be chosen to direct this national effort, in collaboration with the University of Colorado, College of Architecture and Planning and practitioners from around the country.
The Sustainable Development Code is organized into various subject areas, such as wind energy, energy conservation and efficiency, urban forestry, and climate change. For each chapter, the Code lists 30-40 concrete policy actions local governments can take to become more sustainable in that particular area. The policy actions are listed in a three-by-three grid and are categorized by: creating incentives; removing obstacles; and filling regulatory gaps (each of these is then listed as good, better, best). See this sample chapter covering climate change.
Each of the 30-40 policy actions has a 4-6 page brief that
The design for the chapters and briefs came through extensive discussions and consultations with attorneys, planners, academics, and city staff from around the country. The idea is that the briefs will provide local governments with quick and easily accessible information that can be used to enact local legislation.
This research page is designed to facilitate the drafting of the briefs by providing a central location for research sources relevant to local codes addressing sustainability. Please use the tabs above to start exploring resources.