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Plugging In: Readying America’s Cities for the Arrival of Electric Vehicles

With more EVs on the road, and many more coming soon, cities will face the challenge of where electric vehicles will charge, particularly in city centers and neighborhoods without off-street residential parking. The good news is that smart public policies, including those already pioneered in cities nationally and internationally, can help U.S. cities lead the electric vehicle revolution while expanding access to clean transportation options for those who live, work and play in cities.

(February 2018)
Road to a Fossil Free Washington: How Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy Can Repower Washington State

Today, Washington’s transportation system is powered almost entirely by fossil fuels, a dependence that pollutes the air and water, and contributes to global warming. Road to a Fossil Free Future finds that Washington has the wind and solar resources to meet all of its energy needs - while also powering an electrified, emission-free transportation system in which Washington's existing vehicle fleet is fully replaced with electric cars, trucks and buses. 

(February 2018)
Trash in America: Moving From Destructive Consumption to a Zero-Waste System

The U.S. produces immense amounts of trash. Currently, we extract natural resources to make products that we buy, use – usually briefly – and ultimately throw out. Most of these materials are dumped in landfills or burned in incinerators, creating pollution that threatens our health, environment and global climate.

Trash in America: Moving From Destructive Consumption to a Zero-Waste System lays out the details of this system, examples of communities implementing a better one, and the path to a sustainable, zero-waste economy.

(February 2018)
Reaping What We Sow: How the Practices of Industrial Agriculture Put Our Health and Environment at Risk

Agriculture in the U.S. is dominated by large, specialized crop and animal farms. These industrial farms prioritize short-term productivity without regard to harmful impacts on the environment, public health or long-term agricultural production. Federal farm policies encourage this damaging approach to agriculture. Changes to key public policies can help shift how our food system operates, and better protect public health, the environment, and the future of farming.

(February 2018)
Fair Elections in Montgomery County: Matching Program for Small Contributions Delivers Promising Results

The Fair Elections law adopted in Montgomery County, Maryland, provides candidates for county-level positions with matching funds if they agree to accept contributions only from small donors. This analysis of early fundraising data finds that the program is setting a promising example of campaign finance reform in action.

(January 2018)