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RAQC’s Local Government Resource Library

The RAQC is committed to helping local governments design and implement programs and policies that help communities improve air quality. To aid in this effort, the RAQC has compiled a reference library with example ordinances, toolkits, and other materials.  For more information or assistance, please contact RAQC staff at jferko@raqc.org

Example Ordinances and Toolkits

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Policies and initiatives to limit vehicle idling.

The American Transportation Research Institute developed an Idling Compendium with resources on idling and heavy-duty vehicles. This includes a list of anit-idling regulations in major cities across the United States.

Collaboration between federal, state and local governments, county school districts, regional air quality planners, and nonprofits with the goal to reduce air pollution exposure in Colorado schools.  The online resource addresses the specific challenges, regulations, and needs for various vehicle types in Colorado. Sample policies are available under the “Get Involved” tab.

Database of known regulations, ordinances, and other rules related to engine idling of on-road vehicles, including long-haul trucks and school buses to passenger cars and motorcycles.

House Bill 11-1275 (Colorado) allows communities in Colorado to limit idling to 5 minutes within a 60-minute period for large, commercial diesel vehicles (14,000 lbs+) with certain exemptions. A list of communities in Colorado that have established standards is available here.

Building code requirements for  new construction to include electric vehicle charging capabilities.

Adopts the 2018 National Electrical Code by reference and includes requirements for EV charging capabilities in new construction, including residential.

Newly constructed single family home garages are required to be equipped to receive electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Newly constructed multi-family homes and commercial buildings are required to have a certain percentage of their required parking spots be electric vehicle parking spaces.

1 & 2- Newly constructed family homes and townhouses are required to accommodate electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Multifamily units with 17+ dwelling units need to have 3%, but no less than one, of the total provided parking spaces equipped with an electric vehicle charges and be available for use by all residents.

Each multi-family use shall provide a minimum of one parking space dedicated to electric vehicles for every 25 parking spaces provided on-site.

To make sense of existing codes and simplify the options for your community, SWEEP has created a short EV-Ready Building Code Primer, covering residential and commercial building codes and samples of municipal ordinances.

Adopts the 2018 National Electrical Code by reference and includes requirements for EV charging capabilities in new construction, including residential.

Implementation of programs that would reduce the number of individuals commuting to work in single occupancy vehicles during peak commuting hours.

Way to Go is a regional partnership between the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and a dedicated group of Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) who work together to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, and make life better for the region’s residents.
Offers solutions to employers, free of charge, to help commuters throughout the Denver metro area find progressive and friendly commute options.
Develop Commute Trip Reduction programs, which encourage more efficient commute travel. These programs provide encouragement, incentives and support for commuters to use of alternative modes (such as walking, cycling, ridesharing, public transit and telework), alternative work hours, and other efficient transportation options.

Washington passed the Commute Trip Reduction Law in 1991 which requires certain local governments to develop and implement plans to reduce single-occupant vehicle commute trips. Seattle’s ordinance sets minimum guidelines for how employers complete their required “good faith effort” and comply with the law. Certain employers must have an “Employee Transportation Coordinator,” and conduct a commuter survey once every two years, among other requirements. 

The 2020 City of Boulder Energy Conservation Code includes minimum energy conservation requirements for new commercial and residential buildings, including heating and ventilating, lighting, water heating, and power usage for appliances and building systems.

The City of Denver implemented a green building ordinance that applies to new buildings, roof permits for existing buildings, and additions, all of buildings 25,000 square feet or larger. These projects must do a “cool roof” and one other compliance option, such as the provision of green space, energy conservation, building certifications (e.g., LEED), or payment into a green building fund. There are partial exemptions for certain residential buildings. 

This resolution passed in 2006, requires new city-owned buildings of 5,000 square feet or more to be designed to LEED Gold certification, and existing buildings are to use the LEED standard as a guide for sustainable operation and maintenance.

Going Beyond Code Guide is designed to help state and local governments design and implement successful “beyond code” programs for new commercial and residential buildings. The goal is to help states and localities establish voluntary or mandatory programs that go well beyond traditional minimum code requirements for new buildings. The guide addresses keys to successful adoption and implementation and discusses the primary areas that are typically included in beyond code or green building programs, including energy efficiency materials and resource conservation, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and site development and land use.

The City of Lakewood adopted the International Energy Conservation Code.

An introduction to building standards and certification systems, this resource describes the origin of the green building movement, a general description of standards and certifications, and lists of product and building certifications.

The Model Municipal Ordinance project includes best practices for municipal ordinances regarding Green Building, as well as wind and solar resources, while avoiding” drafting problems and legal pitfalls”. Included is  “a framework that can enable local governments to implement and enforce the effective and efficient use of renewable energy resources”.

Best Operational Practices and public bid processes to encourage the use of cleaner engines in construction equipment.

Equipment being used in construction projects must be powered by engines that meet Tier 4 specifications and vehicle idling is limited to 5 consecutive minutes.