U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL: Advocacy and Policy News

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May 2012

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Leading by Example Coast to Coast: State and Local Advocacy Wins

California: Top 10: How the Golden State Became the Green Building Leader

Southeastern States: Southeastern Building Codes Welcome Greater Efficiency for Greater Savings

Virginia: Old Dominion Law Demonstrates Renewed Commitment to Green Government Buildings

South Carolina: Building Common Ground Around Green Schools in South Carolina

Leading by Example Coast to Coast: State and Local Advocacy Wins

2012 has been an incredible year for green building wins at the state and local levels of government. We are thrilled to highlight the efforts of our advocates on the ground who are advancing the goal of green buildings and schools for all. Please inform us of your green building and advocacy wins by emailing [email protected].

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California: Top 10: How the Golden State Became the Green Building Leader

Last month marked a pivotal moment for state and local green building policy wins. In the state capitol of California, USGBC, in partnership with the eight chapters that make up USGBC California, announced the Top 10 list of California state and local green building policies.

The list celebrates decades of leadership by state and local governments to advance green buildings through effective policies and codes.

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Southeastern States: Southeastern Building Codes Welcome Greater Efficiency for Greater Savings

"Air conditioning saved the South." I distinctly remember my high school American history teacher repeating this as we reviewed economic growth in the U.S. during the mid- to late twentieth century. Whether you believe that reduced perspiration leads to economic growth or that economic growth spurs the demand for comfortable, less humid spaces, evolving building practice has proven that we can build much more efficient buildings today if we have the right tools – and the Southeast is taking action.

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Virginia: Old Dominion Law Demonstrates Renewed Commitment to Green Government Buildings

With a stroke of the pen last week, Governor Bob McDonnell signed legislation that will ensure that Virginia remains among the list of pacesetting states that are leading by example and building green public buildings.

The High Performance Buildings Act, effective July 1 of this year, is an important next step in the Commonwealth's continued appreciation for government buildings that are designed to not only use less energy, water and other resources, but also provide dividends back to Virginians in the form of healthy buildings, locally-sourced materials and operational cost savings.

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South Carolina: Building Common Ground Around Green Schools in South Carolina

On Wednesday, May 1, the USGBC South Carolina Chapter hosted an event to identify pathways to bring political common ground on green schools to the Palmetto State. The event was held in Columbia at the LEED Gold Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina and hosted 75 attendees.

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