States and local governments play an important role in creating and implementing laws, regulations, and programs that will protect indoor environmental quality and promote greener, healthier schools, homes, and offices. Though the past few decades have seen significant advances, continued attention to strengthening public policy is critically important. The Policy Resource Center offers a variety of materials created by ELI’s Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Program designed to foster the development and implementation of sound policies to promote best practices in building management and design and to address emerging health and environmental issues.
State Law Surveys
ELI provides materials that list and describe existing state laws to help you see what policies are in place in your own state and throughout the United States. The Database of State IAQ Laws (updated annually) covers a range of IAQ issues. Topics in School Environmental Health provides a snapshot of how state laws and regulations address several key school environmental issues.
ELI Policy Briefs highlight important indoor environmental and green building issues that have captured the attention of state legislatures. Each Brief is updated periodically throughout the year to provide an overview of the issue and summaries of policies enacted to date.
ELI Research Reports examine lessons learned from existing state and local policies and programs and offer recommendations for developing effective approaches in core areas of indoor environments and green buildings policy.
ELI State Program Profiles describe innovative informational resources developed by state agencies working to protect and improve indoor air quality. The Profiles highlight resources that can be adapted and used in other jurisdictions to promote healthy buildings.