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June 2011

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Better Building Initiative will create 114,000 new jobs

As Green Building Codes and Standards Emerge – Where Do We Go from Here?

Department of Education Announces Landmark Green Schools Program

2011 USGBC Government Summit Highlights Accountable, Results-Based Government


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Better Building Initiative will create 114,000 new jobs

The USGBC, with our partners at the Real Estate Roundtable and the Natural Resources Defense Council, released an analysis conducted by the Political Economy Research Institute that concludes that President Obama's Better Buildings Initiative (BBI) will create over 114,000 jobs. The Better Buildings Initiative is a collection of legislative proposals and federal agency actions designed to encourage the efficiency improvement of commercial buildings through tax incentives, grant and challenge programs, and increasing the availability of financing for the improvements.

For a full accounting of the findings of the analysis, please visit the USGBC blog.

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As Green Building Codes and Standards Emerge – Where Do We Go from Here?

The success of the LEED green building rating systems in driving amazing amounts of green building activity, focus on a broader spectrum of human and environmental health issues and leadership in achieving a more sustainable future has created space for many other conversations to take place – at the bleeding edge and at the minimum code level.  A year after the launch of a previously unimaginable code framework to advance regulatory change towards better, greener building practice, where are we?  And where do we go from here?

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Department of Education Announces Landmark Green Schools Program

On April 26, the federal government launched an initiative that may be the biggest thing to ever happen to the green schools movement. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley announced the creation of a Green Ribbon Schools program, a voluntary award recognizing schools that are demonstrating excellence – or making notable achievement toward – sustainability.
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2011 USGBC Government Summit Highlights Accountable, Results-Based Government

At USGBC's 9th annual Government Summit in May it was clear to all in attendance that governments at every level are leading by example in building sustainability. Among the signs of progress was Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announcing an increased commitment by the U.S. Navy and Marines to build to LEED Gold, up from their previous LEED Silver commitment. Attendees received an update from the White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley on the President's Better Buildings Initiative.

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