Model Policies — Environment/Sustainability

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Minnesota Active Transportation Program

Establishes an active transportation program (ATP) and allocates certain general sales tax revenue for the fund. Subsequently, the ATP was established in the 2017 Omnibus Transportation Bill, and was funded in 2019 with STP funds in 2019. Read the legislation.

Published on 04/27/18
Funding Mechanism: Bill
Topic Area: Cycling, Economic Development, Environment/Sustainability, Equity, Dedicated Funding, Health, Safety, Trails, Transportation, Taxes, Walking
State: Minnesota
Tags: 2017, Sales tax

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Ohio: Year of the Trails 2018

Designates 2018 as "Ohio's Year of the Trails." Passed Unanimously by the Senate. Read SCR 15 here. OHIO LEGISLATURE DESIGNATES 2018 “YEAR OF THE TRAILS” COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representatives has voted unanimously to approve Senate Concurrent Resolution 15 designating 2018 as “Ohio’s...

Published on 02/22/18
Funding Mechanism: Resolution
Topic Area: Trails, Health, Cycling, Walking, Transportation, Economic Development, Environment/Sustainability, Equity, Recreation
State: Ohio
Tags: 2017, 2018

Success Stories — Environment/Sustainability

Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus

The Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus, formed on March 29, 2017, is a bipartisan group of 30-and-counting state-elected officials committed to creating a statewide trails network to connect Ohioans. The Caucus is focused on improving existing trails and ensuring smart planning for future trail...

Published on 04/05/18
Funding Mechanism: Resolution
Topic Area: Cycling, Economic Development, Environment/Sustainability, Equity, Dedicated Funding, Health, Safety, Trails, Transportation, Walking, Recreation, Land Use
Tags: Special committee, 2017, 2018

Ohio - Local (Oxford Area) Trails Levy

Oxford, Ohio (location of Miami University) passes tax levy to build 12-mile trail system. Read more about the process of getting this initiative on the ballot. The City of Oxford, Ohio passed a property tax levy on May 8, 2018 to fund the construction of its planned 12-mile multi-use trail...

Published on 03/20/18
Funding Mechanism: Ballot Initiative, Local Policy
Topic Area: Cycling, Economic Development, Environment/Sustainability, Health, Trails, Transportation, Recreation, Walking
Tags: Local option, Property tax

Florida: Funding Trails Through Conservation and the Ballot Box

Florida’s history of supporting environmental conservation and recreation dates back to the establishment of the Land Acquisition Trust Fund in 1963. Throughout the years, a number of programs have helped support this important trust fund—and today, Florida seeks to build on the success of these...

Published on 12/20/16
Funding Mechanism: Ballot Initiative
Topic Area: Environment/Sustainability, Taxes
Tags: Bond, 2014

Clean Ohio: Bond Initiative Creates Hundreds of Millions for Trails, Conservation

First approved by voters in 2000, the Clean Ohio Fund is a $400 million state bond initiative that restores, protects and connects Ohio’s natural and urban places by preserving open space and farmland, improving outdoor recreation and attracting investment and economic development. The program,...

Published on 12/20/16
Funding Mechanism: Ballot Initiative, Constitutional Amendment
Topic Area: Economic Development, Environment/Sustainability, Trails, Dedicated Funding
Tags: Bond, 2000, 2008