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March 2012

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Campaign Advocacy Offers a Menu of Policy Options for Chapters and their Legislatures

FEMA Administrator Fugate Applauds Green Building as a Cornerstone of the Resiliency Agenda

Obama Budget Charts Bold Course for Green Building Priorities

From BuildingGreen.com - Army to Congress: LEED Doesn't Cost More

Campaign Advocacy Offers a Menu of Policy Options for Chapters and their Legislatures

USGBC's 2012 advocacy campaign agenda is designed to empower local advocates to advance USGBC public policy priorities in their state capitols and city halls. Each campaign was launched with a suite of supporting resources to make it easier for advocates and includes a campaign brief and draft legislative text. Resources are available at usgbc.org/campaigns. The site is continually updated, so check back often.

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Learn about each of our 2012 Advocacy Campaigns »

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FEMA Administrator Fugate Applauds Green Building as a Cornerstone of the Resiliency Agenda

On Feb. 29, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Craig Fugate delivered a rousing keynote speech on the role green building can play to ensure resilient communities for a changing planet at the the second installment of the USGBC's National Leadership Speaker Series on Resiliency and Security in the 21st Century at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The luncheon also featured the launch of a landmark joint report by USGBC and the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Obama Budget Charts Bold Course for Green Building Priorities

Earlier this year, President Obama released an ambitious $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal year 2013 that seeks to pump billions of dollars into the economy through clean energy and infrastructure improvements, while seeking to eliminate existing incentives for oil and gas and ending tax cuts for those making more than $250,000. As part of the Better Buildings Initiative, a 10-year initiative to make non-residential buildings 20 percent more energy efficient, the budget aims to re-design the current tax deduction for commercial buildings 179D to a credit, and change the eligibility program to cover other taxable entities such as real estate investment trusts (REITS). This budget proposal mirrors a 2012 request made by the Obama Administration, which has yet to get traction on the hill. USGBC has been working with others in the real estate and environmental community to advance solutions to improve the existing 179D so it is encouraging that the Administration continues to show support for improving the deduction.

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From BuildingGreen.com - Army to Congress: LEED Doesn't Cost More
Originally published on BuildingGreen.com

The federal government has been one of the biggest supporters of LEED certification in the last few years, with the General Services Administration (GSA) requiring basic LEED certification for all federal buildings starting in 2003 and then upping that requirement to LEED Gold in 2010. The military has been on the cutting edge of green building from the beginning. The Navy adopted sustainable design principles before LEED even existed, as we reported way back in 1998. The Army embraced LEED in 2006 and recently began the much more radical work of moving all its installations to net-zero energy, water, and waste. As Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy, and the environment, put it to EBN earlier this year, "Energy security is mission critical."

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