Making the transition to a sustainable society will require innovative legislative solutions in Congress and at the state and local levels. CSE helps develop and build support for these solutions by commenting on legislative language, providing comprehensive analysis of proposals, sponsoring educational forums for legislators, and testifying in hearings. While we do not lobby for or against specific legislative proposals, our broad expertise in economics and sustainability can help evaluate the efficacy of various approaches.
Some recent examples of our federal, state, and local legislative support work include:
Economic Benefits of the Santa Fe Homes Program Ordinance
CSE (formerly Ecology and Law Institute) found that Santa Fe's affordable housing ordinance would offset socio-economic costs of the affordable housing crisis, reduce economic segregation, curb urban sprawl, boost spending in the community, and generate few if any additional costs to developers. Prepared for Homewise, Santa Fe. Read:
Old Pecos Trail South Historic and Scenic Corridor Protection District Ordinance
Establishing an historic and scenic corridor along Santa Fe's Old Pecos Trail will fulfill obligations set forth in Santa Fe's General Plan and Parks, Open Space, Trails and Recreation Master Plan and be consistent with Citywide goals of protecting unique natural, scenic, historic, and recreational uses and values. CSE worked with neighborhood and conservation organizations to develop an ordinance establishing the corridor and minimum management requirements. Read: