Archive: Municipalities

Land Value: Exploring the Current Agricultural Land Valuation System

This section is a portion of our “Land Tenure and Conservation in Agriculture: Creating Incentives for Landowners” report issued in May 2019. This report explores the network of stakeholders, policies, and institutions through which soil health can be linked to the value of the land and serve as an incentive to change management of that land—and compiles a set of resources that may be taken in concert or used separately by a variety of stakeholders to advance soil health and agricultural
conservation practices on farmland in the Midwest and beyond.

Advocacy and Action for Incentivizing Conservation

This section is a portion of our “Land Tenure and Conservation in Agriculture: Creating Incentives for Landowners” report issued in May 2019. The report explores the network of stakeholders, policies, and institutions through which soil health can be linked to the value of the land and serve as an incentive to change management of that land—and compiles a set of resources that may be taken in concert or used separately by a variety of stakeholders to advance soil health and agricultural conservation practices on farmland in the Midwest and beyond.

Resilient Communities Stakeholder Assessment

Stakeholder matrix that helps anyone creating a community-based project identify possible redevelopment and project stakeholders. Useful for planners, municipal leaders, community groups, nonprofit organizations, or economic development professionals.

Resilient Communities Stakeholder Identification

Overview describing approach and usage of the stakeholder matrix that helps anyone creating a community-based project identify possible redevelopment and project stakeholders. Useful for planners, municipal leaders, community groups, nonprofit organizations, or economic development professionals.

Economic Benefit Targeting For Development Overview

Overview of how this tool may be used by practitioners seeking to target the impacts of programs, policies, development and other investments to specific needs. This tool can be used to verify the extent to which a project, initiative or redevelopment can be used to secure a specific type of benefit.

Economic Benefit Targeting For Development Tool

This tool is for practitioners seeking to target the impacts of programs, policies, development and other investments to specific needs. This tool can be used to verify the extent to which a project, initiative or redevelopment can be used to secure a specific type of benefit.

St. Louis Deconstruction Market Assessment

Delta Institute is an expert with construction and demolition waste reduction, recycling, reuse, policy and economic development. The City of St. Louis, St. Louis Development Corporation, the Missouri Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority, and Region 7 EPA selected Delta Institute to revise its demolition handbook, develop specifications for deconstruction, train contractors around building material reuse, and plan a deconstruction pilot program. The City of St. Louis has leveraged Delta’s support to advance a multi-partner strategy to reduce waste from demolition, reuse building materials, and protect public health.

Demystifying Waste: Midwestern Building Material Markets

Collaborating with Midwest communities to aid their waste reduction efforts is one of Delta’s core initiatives—leading to this report released with support from the EPA and the Building Material Reuse Association. The report provides data to the private and public sector to decrease the disposal rate of reusable materials—and save these valuable supplies from landfills—and increase the capacity of local and state governments to adopt policies encouraging building material reuse and recycling with the recognition of local economic benefits.

Deconstruction Go Guide

Deconstruction is the process of dismantling structures in a way that enables materials to be salvaged. For communities struggling with vacancy and unemployment, deconstruction can serve as a useful tool as they work toward revitalization. Delta Institute created a useful and approachable guide to deconstruction strategy to give municipalities a free resource in their waste reduction and resiliency efforts.

Coal Redevelopment Roadmap

Delta Institute has worked with communities throughout the Midwest (and beyond) who are exploring and/or transitioning from a coal-based economy while seeking redevelopment of closed or closing coal power plants. Delta Institute’s Roadmap (available for download and use) is filled with practical tools and processes for communities to plan for the redevelopment of coal plant sites. These recommendations and tools are based on lessons learned from our work in Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and other communities with closing or closed coal plants.

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