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Summer 2011

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USGBC Applauds President Obama for Advancing a Bold Plan to Get Americans Back to Work

Tallying State Wins; Measuring Progress in Green Building Policy

Encouraging Energy Efficiency: A Tax Fix Everyone Can Get Behind

Q&A with USGBC Green School Chapter Member Chris Tyler: How one Kentucky school cut energy at no cost

USGBC Applauds President Obama for Advancing a Bold Plan to Get Americans Back to Work

The U.S. Green Building Council commended President Obama for his leadership in taking action to put people back to work and for helping ensure a stronger America. "It is clear that we must rebuild and modernize our increasingly brittle built environment," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "The country's infrastructure – our buildings, our roads, our transit and our bridges – are in desperate need of investment, and the thousands of building sector professionals and small businesses, hard hit by the struggling economy, can be put back to work overnight. We just need to get on with it, and we offer our full support to President Obama's proposal and to the passage of the American Jobs Act."

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Blog post: The President, the Packers, and Winning One for the American People »
Blog post: President Obama Announces $25 Billion For Improving Schools »
Blog post: Clean Energy and Conservation the Silver Bullet the American Economy Needs »
Browse the fact sheet on the American Jobs Act »

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Tallying State Wins; Measuring Progress in Green Building Policy

USGBC released a report last month that reviews an amazing amount of state legislative and regulatory activity across all 50 states. It comes as refreshing news that even in a down economy USGBC tracked more than 400 bills this year, including measurable, positive policy activity in all 50 states and 30 countable wins in 22 of those states. The report, Advancing Green Building Policy in the States: 2011 Victories from Alabama to Wyoming, provides a detailed account of this state-by-state policy activity, including pending legislation and these 30 policy victories. In a recent USGBC blog post about the report, USGBC's Building Code Policy Manager Jeremy Sigmon issued a series of superlatives, including Most Original (Connecticut for creating the first in the country Green Bank) and Most Likely to Succeed (Illinois for a bill that outlines a plan to green every school in the state). Read the full entry to find out who won Craziest Driver, Most Dreamy, Most Popular, Most School Spirit and Most Dependable.

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Read the State Wins Report »

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Encouraging Energy Efficiency: A Tax Fix Everyone Can Get Behind

How does the government subsidize wasted energy? And why are energy efficiency improvements excluded from these tax breaks? USGBC's Technical Policy Director Lane Burt explains how this tax loophole promotes energy waste at the expense of efficiency and how we are working to fix it.

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Q&A with USGBC Green School Chapter Member Chris Tyler: How one Kentucky school cut energy at no cost

Chris Tyler is a sustainability engineer for Thermal Equipment Sales, and also sits on the board of directors for USGBC's Kentucky chapter. Chris' children attend Rosa Parks Elementary, a school that recently cut its energy usage by 47 percent with no additional cost to the school. They made these dramatic reductions by improving operations and educating teachers and students on energy reduction strategies. The school was being recognized by Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY) and Mayor Jim Gray for receiving Energy Star certification, and also its hard work to reduce overall energy consumption. The school, located in Lexington, Ky., received its Energy Star plaque this month.

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