A Survey of Environmental Policies Among the States: 2015

March 2015
Heather Kirkpatrick

The purpose of this study is to begin to develop a comprehensive assessment of the relative activity of the US states in developing environmental policies. We did this by developing eleven policy categories varying across different environmental and energy disciplines, from water quality to renewable energy incentives. Categories include renewable portfolio standards, public benefit funds, state hybrid and electrical vehicle incentives, greenhouse gas emission reduction policies, reductions in nuclear and radioactive waste, tailpipe emissions standards, energy efficiency resource standards, toxic release inventories, water conservation and efficiency, mercury and toxics programs for utilities, and recycling programs.