What's Happening in Green Building Policy?
USGBC's CORE ADVOCACY AREAS
Green Buildings for Climate Protection
Part of USGBC’s commitment to the environment and to healthy, sustainable communities is strong support for swift reductions in greenhouse gas emissions – nationally and globally. Inefficient and unsustainable buildings represent over a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. USGBC, as a pioneer for sustainable buildings, has emerged as a dedicated advocate for policies and measures to reduce emissions from our built environment.
The latest iteration of comprehensive climate legislation was introduced in the Senate early in May, titled the American Power Act. Commendably, the bill would limit the amount of harmful greenhouse gases than can be emitted by large polluters, but fails to fully capture the large opportunities presented by our built environment to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy. USGBC has and will be continuing to engage in activities to strengthen the bill inside and outside the Beltway, including facilitating congressional witnesses and testimony and working with our champions in the Senate to improve key sections of the legislation. Read the USGBC summary of the bill (PDF) »
USGBC has been fostering global cooperation on green buildings and climate change, an area increasingly important for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. In March, Senior Vice President Roger Platt traveled to China with a USGBC delegation to discuss partnerships and synergies with the China Green Building Council, in the areas of green building education and policy. Recognizing the critical need for clean energy cooperation between the Chinese and the United States, the two Councils formed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (PDF) on how they can best support this mission. The MOU included commitments for collaboration on carbon emission reductions in the building sector, and opportunities for joint research and education on areas of mutual interest. The signing of the MOU by USGBC President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi and the Chairman of China's Green Building Council, Youwei Wang, was witnessed by officials from the U.S. Department of Energy and China's Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development along with several building industry leaders.
Continuing the effort to promote green building and urban sustainability worldwide, USGBC was thrilled to participate in a UN Habitat conference in Nairobi, Kenya, Promoting Green Building Rating in Africa, which concluded with a declaration to form an African Network of Green Building Councils in May. In his address to the participants, Rick Fedrizzi conveyed USGBC’s excitement and pride to be part of this global movement that has now taken root in Africa, a region predicted to suffer some of the worst climate change impacts – and where green buildings will be a tool to help cities and their citizens adapt. Advocacy Director Roger Limoges underscored our international commitment in his presentation at the U.N. Environment Programme’s Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI) conference happening in Paris, France. There, Limoges presented on the recent launch of International Green Construction Code (IGCC) to over 200 people representing over 20 countries, including the board of the SBCI.
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Recognizing the dual challenge of rapid urban growth and climate change, USGBC is partnering with local governments and other organizations across the country to develop innovative means to promote sustainable development as a solution to the energy and environmental challenges facing urban communities.
As part of USGBC’s joint campaign with Sierra Club’s Cool Cities program, Green Buildings for Cool Cities (PDF), local chapters for the two groups were asked to organize and host green building tours in their communities to raise community awareness and support for green buildings and advance green building policies. Culminating the week of St. Patrick’s Day in March, these tours took place across the country and served as a great opportunity for the two organizations’ chapters to develop a working relationship and identify and highlight green building champions within their local governments.
The newest LEED rating system, LEED for Neighborhood Development, was launched April 29 with press events in Chicago and just the Washington, D.C., of Rockville, Md. Created in conjunction with the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the new rating system focuses on developments, with the goals of reducing global warming emissions, land consumption, traffic and pollution, and also of enhancing livability. Timed to coincide with the launch of the new rating system was an update of the white paper, "A Local Government Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development," which outlines how LEED for Neighborhood Development can be used by local governments as a policy tool. To further spread the word, USGBC advocacy team members Aaron Lande and Bryan Howard traveled to Capitol Hill to brief congressional staff about LEED for Neighborhood Development’s implications for their policy work to enhance sustainable and livable communities. Learn more about LEED for Neighborhood Development with USGBC's new online training series, ND 252: LEED for Neighborhood Development Credit-by-Credit Review. Find more LEED trainings at www.usgbc.org/LEEDcurriculum.
In May, with support and guidance from USGBC, mayors from across the country submitted resolutions supporting green building and sustainability to be adopted at this summer’s U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City. The resolutions call for the adoption of green building codes by municipalities, the adoption of federal legislation supporting green affordable housing and federal sustainability efforts, the continued greening of school facilities, and the use of financing mechanisms to allow for energy retrofits of existing buildings.
Green schools represent a critical opportunity to reduce energy and resource consumption and to provide America’s children with healthier, productive places to learn and thrive. USGBC’s vision is to have green schools for every child within a generation.
USGBC continues to advance green school market development at the federal level of government by supporting the Congressional Green Schools Caucus in a number of key areas. Primarily, USGBC works with key members of Congress and staff to provide insightful and informative briefings Congress. In the past few months, USGBC has convened two successful briefings on green school financing and environmental education and curricula on Capitol Hill two areas that Congress and the administration have identified as primary areas of interest. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-Maryland) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah) participated in the briefings. USGBC will be working with staff later this year to implement a visit to a green school in the Washington, D.C., area.
Illinois State Representative Karen May is the new national chair of the USGBC Green School Caucus Initiative Advisory Council. Nationally recognized for her work on green schools and energy efficiency, Representative May brings a new level of legislative leadership and vision to USGBC’s signature advocacy program. Kentucky State Representative Jim DeCesare, co-chair of the Kentucky Green Schools Caucus, was selected as the council’s vice chairman. Together, this bipartisan leadership team will work with USGBC to create education and advocacy programs to build the capacity of state legislators to be effective proponents for green schools. In July at the National Conference of State Legislatures Annual Meeting in Louisville, USGBC will launch Greening Our Schools: A State Legislators Guide to Best Policy Practices.
Over the past month alone, the Mayors’ Alliance for Green Schools gained 10 new members, including mayors from San Diego, Calif., Austin, Texas, Athens, Ga., Eugene, Ore., and Golden, Colo. Through this initiative that captures broad support from regions all over the country, USGBC provides a platform for advocacy and a forum for policy collaboration and the sharing of best practices between mayors, school superintendants, and critical school and municipality stakeholders.
Green Affordable Housing
All individuals should have access to the benefits of green building, regardless of race, income or other social factors. To broaden the reach of the green building movement, USGBC relies on direct and collaborative advocacy efforts to encourage policy solutions at all levels of government and complements its affordable housing advocacy work with the LEED for Homes rating system.
This spring, USGBC advocacy staff has had the opportunity to travel the world and the country to share best practices and policy ideas and to communicate USGBC’s message about green affordable housing. Presenting at five different forums in just a few short months has added momentum to this core policy area at USGBC, and underscored USGBC’s leading role in promoting the nexus of economic prosperity, social equity and environmental sustainability in housing.
As a result of this ongoing recognition and leadership, the Mayor of the District of Columbia nominated Casius Pealer, Director of USGBC’s Affordable Housing Initiative, to serve on the Washington, D.C., Housing Production Trust Fund Advisory Board in April. This Fund provides local financing for affordable housing throughout D.C. and was one of the models for the National Housing Trust Fund, created by Congress in 2008. The Advisory Board counsels the Mayor and D.C.’s Department of Housing and Community Development on the use of the Fund as well as on other affordable housing issues facing the city, such as compliance with D.C.’s Green Building Act.
In March, USGBC participated in a presentation to the federal Interagency Healthy Homes Work Group, which includes staff from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This discussion was coordinated by the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition and focused on legislative and regulatory priorities of the coalition, which include enforcing existing housing standards, expanding resources for training and research, and synchronizing energy efficiency programs with healthy housing goals. Later in the spring the Coalition hosted its first Annual Meeting, including speakers from HUD, EPA and the White House, as well as participation by staff from a number of House and Senate offices.
USGBC has also taken the lead on convening a diverse gathering of affordable housing advocacy groups for a slightly different purpose to coordinate ongoing efforts that urge our federal government to do more on green housing under current law. This group will focus on a plan to promote the multifamily building recommendations in the report “Using Executive Authority to Achieve Greener Buildings,” but also addresses collaboration on legislative advocacy efforts and research initiatives. Organizations participating in this effort include the National Housing Conference (NHC), the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA), the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), and the National Housing Trust (NHT).
GSA Administrator Johnson Makes 'Moonshot' Announcement at USGBC's 7th Annual Federal Summit in Washington
|GSA Administrator Martha Johnson at the Federal Summit opening plenary|
Zero environmental footprint is this generation’s moonshot. And so, it must be ours,” said Administrator Martha Johnson of the U.S. General Services Administration at USGBC’s Federal Summit last month in Washington, D.C. “Yes, you heard it correctly. The word is ‘eliminate,’ not ‘limit.’ I’m not kidding. Zero environmental footprint,” said Johnson, whose GSA is the landlord for the federal government and maintains an inventory of more than 354 million square feet of workspace for 1.1 million federal employees.
USGBC invited decision-makers from federal, state and local government to join industry and nonprofit leaders at the Summit on May 18-19 to learn and share ideas about green building strategies and policies.
|Federal Summit participants line up to talk with experts and share ideas at the Knowledge Bar, a new addition to the conference this year. |
This year’s conference hosted a record-breaking attendance: More than 750 attendees explored the Summit’s theme, “Leadership in Sustainability from Coast to Coast,” which highlighted the actions that are being taken by governments across the country to advance green building and sustainability.
In addition to Administrator Johnson, the Summit featured plenary speeches from EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe, noted green building researcher and writer Greg Kats, and Urban Land Institute Resident Fellow and former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy. Despite diverse backgrounds, the speakers shared a common theme: Now is the time for our country to embrace the green building movement, and governments at all levels need to assume a leadership position to set and strive for the farthest-reaching goals for sustainability.
Education sessions at the Summit featured an exciting range of topics, including the greening of existing buildings and historic structures, advancing sustainability in the military, and the need to look beyond the individual building footprint and address sustainability at the neighborhood scale. In addition to robust programming, the Federal Summit provided an opportunity for government officials and industry stakeholders to engage in dialogue, share policy initiatives and best practices, and learn about the progress being made across federal, state and local agencies.
This year, Federal Summit offered a new and exciting addition: a government-only program for state, local and federal agency officials. The Government Forum offered this critical stakeholder group the opportunity to engage in an inclusive dialogue on sustainability and strategies for effective public policy and to share their experiences and successes with one another.
“Public-sector stakeholders face a unique set of considerations when it comes to developing and operating buildings: investment criteria, political pressures, compliance requirements and public benefits. And yet the message is clear: We must rethink our approach to buildings to reduce their environmental impacts,” said Brenden McEneaney, green building program adviser for the Office of Sustainability and the Environment with the City of Santa Monica, Calif.
Excitement is already growing for next year’s event. As green building leaders in the private and public sector take new steps and strides in green building, USGBC will be striving for another ground-breaking Summit in 2011 where the progress from around the country can be shared and built upon.
USGBC and Stakeholders Release New Report Outlining Immediate Opportunities for a Green Building Federal Agenda
With no new legislation, the Obama Administration has the ability to use over 30 existing federal programs worth $72 billion to enhance efficiency in commercial buildings and multifamily housing, according to a report released by USGBC in April. USGBC and other leading organizations in the energy, housing, environment and real estate arenas convened at the National Press Club in Washington to announce the findings of the co-sponsored report, “Using Executive Authority to Achieve Greener Buildings: A Guide for Policymakers to Enhance Sustainability and Efficiency in Multifamily Housing and Commercial Buildings” (PDF).
|USGBC Senior Vice President Roger Platt, joined by Jean Lupinacci, Director of the ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Program at EPA.|
“This new report unveils an even larger opportunity for the Obama Administration to increase our nation’s energy efficiency, while creating thousands of jobs and saving taxpayers money,” said Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Global Policy & Law, USGBC. Platt was joined at the release by federal officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the General Services Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and a number of stakeholders who participated in the report.
|Ted Toon, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Affordable Housing Preservation at HUD, at the press briefing|
The report includes an extensive menu of options, across an array of programs including:
- Reforming appraisal and underwriting practices at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
- Integrating energy efficiency and sustainability criteria into existing competitive grants and funding formulas.
- Refining guidance applicable to the energy efficient commercial buildings tax deduction and the national historic preservation tax credit.
- Improving performance standards applicable to federal buildings and leases.
- Using SBA funding mechanisms to support small business energy efficiency investments.
|"If this report is accurate, it offers us a treasure trove of untapped opportunities to save a significant amount of taxpayer money by making our nation's federal buildings more energy efficient. We should seize this opportunity and take the steps necessary to reduce our energy consumption and the cost to taxpayers."
– Senator Tom Carper (D-Delaware)
The release of the report prompted immediate reaction from Capitol Hill. Senator Carper (D-Delaware), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee that oversees federal financial management, has urged the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to determine whether federal agencies are indeed taking full advantage of the sustainability and energy efficiency authorities available to them.
USGBC will be continuing to work with the multiple government agencies and programs that this report touches, to catalyze action that the government can undertake today. As Maureen Friar, President and CEO of the National Housing Conference, said, this effort is not just about retrofitting existing buildings, “it’s about retrofitting existing policy.”
View the full report and list of participants (PDF) »
5th World Urban Forum Provides the U.S. the Chance to Listen, Learn and Share
USGBC joined the official U.S. delegation, led by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan, at the U.N. World Urban Forum, an event focused on promoting socially and environmentally sustainable urban development that attracts participation from governments, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders from around the world. The World Urban Forum V was held in March of this year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the theme “The Right to the City: Bridging the Urban Divide,” taking on special significance due to recent projections by UN-Habitat that the number of people living in towns and cities will increase to two-thirds of the population by 2050.
The world, in order to accommodate this rapid urbanization, is collectively faced with the challenges of reducing rising poverty, improving the urban poor’s access to basic services such as shelter, clean water and sanitation, and to achieve sustainable urban growth and development.
The World Urban Forum underscored that the dramatic connections between our built environment — including urban infrastructure and land use planning — climate change, and social equity could not be more clear. How cities, nations and the global community can address these issues was explored through several workshops and panels that USGBC participated in.
|"Together, we can seize the historic opportunity before us to shape the forces of urbanization, creating a healthier, more inclusive future for our cities and metropolitan regions, and charting a more sustainable global future for generations to come."
– Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan
To showcase examples of sustainable urban planning, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and USGBC jointly hosted the workshop, “Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection: Challenging Our Assumptions.” There, Casius Pealer, Director of the Affordable Housing Initiative at USGBC, was joined by HUD Chief of Staff Laurel Blatchford; President of ICLEI-USA and Mayor of North Little Rock, Ark., Patrick Hays; Cristina Mendonca, Director of the Clinton Climate Initiative in Rio de Janeiro; and Felipe Faria of the Brazil Green Building Council to discuss successful green building and sustainable development policy efforts in the U.S., Brazil, and internationally.
|Casius Pealer, second from right, with other presenters at the Business Caucus Panel at the World Urban Forum|
Pealer also represented USGBC on various other panels at the conference and had the unique opportunity to work directly alongside of U.S. government officials in their mission to share U.S. experiences and learn from others. “Hearing about the inspirational successes and stunning challenges facing cities and regions around the world, and then thinking critically about how green strategies can make a positive difference for urban issues, was one of the most rewarding experiences that I had coming out of the conference,” said Pealer.
|Casius Pealer, right, with U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan|
He seemed to share this sentiment with Secretary Donovan, who announced to all WUF attendees, “I know each and every member of our Delegation relishes this chance to listen, learn, and share our own lessons from the ‘laboratories for change’ that are our metropolitan areas.”
USGBC Advances International Green Construction Code with a Coalition of National Partners
|From left: Jeff Grove, Vice President, Global Policy and Industry Affairs, ASTM International; Chris Green, Vice Chair of the International Green Construction Code Sustainable Building Technology Committee, President, Ago Studios, Inc. Avon, CO, representing the AIA; Rick Weiland, CEO, International Code Council; Brendan Owens, Vice President, USGBC LEED Technical Development; Ron Lynn, President, International Code Council Board; and Jeff Littleton, Executive Vice President, ASHRAE. Not Pictured: Rita Harrold, Director of Technology, EIS|
On March 15, 2010, the U.S. Green Building Council stood alongside its partners for the launch of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) (PDF), representing the combined interest of six building industry groups in sending a clear and unified message of support for green codes.
After more than three years of technical development on Standard 189.1, USGBC and its partners – the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) – joined forces with the International Code Council (ICC) and its IGCC partners – the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM International) – to merge technical content, join advocacy efforts, and coordinate the development of one, common vehicle for model green building codes.
After more than a decade of leadership by local governments across the country and more than 10,000 LEED-certified projects (residential and commercial combined), awareness of green building and its diverse set of triple-bottom line benefits has hit Main Street. USGBC’s increasingly visible work in the world of codes and standards is a testament to the important role of codes in market transformation: We need code-intended regulatory tools to raise the minimum thresholds to which all buildings must perform in order to enable the voluntary, leadership programs like LEED to continue raising the bar on what’s possible. As USGBC President, CEO and Founding Chairman Rick Fedrizzi said of this joint effort on green building codes, “Broadening the scope of the codes and establishing a higher floor allows us to continue to raise the ceiling.”
As hundreds of communities across the country engage in sustainability planning, they are looking to their local codes and ordinances for improved means of building sustainably and growing green. The IGCC is now out and available as a leading tool for regulating minimums for the private sector. The IGCC provides further options and guidance in its inclusion of Standard 189.1 as an optional path to compliance.
Since March 15, USGBC has been working closely with ASHRAE, ICC, AIA, IES and ASTM on the widespread promotion of the code. But it doesn’t stop there. USGBC also worked closely with its Codes Committee during the public comment process that closed on May 14, in order to continue improving the IGCC. The committee submitted 12 comments in total.
USGBC encourages the green building community to review and understand the IGCC and Standard 189.1, and to participate in the development of these codes and standards. The first round of public hearings for the development of the IGCC will take place this August in Chicago. Learn more about the hearings »
USGBC Debuts “Top 10 List” at Congressional Reception
Whether it’s pumping $80 billion of clean energy investments into the economy for a sustainable recovery, working to enable innovative financing for homeowners and building owners to make efficiency improvements, or increasing and extending incentives for improving the sustainability of schools and our existing building stock, Congress has awoken to the power of green building policy as a vehicle to drive carbon emission reductions, consumer savings, job creation and American competitiveness. USGBC recognized and honored this leadership in February at a Congressional Reception, and kicked off its first “Top 10 Pieces of Green Building Legislation” in the House and Senate.
President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, joined by the USGBC Board of Directors and the advocacy team, celebrated the significant legislative progress of the 111th Congress and urged these leaders to continue the advancement of policies that spur the transition to a clean energy economy and a sustainable built environment.
|From Left: Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), USGBC Board Member Elizabeth Whalen, USGBC Senior Vice President of LEED Scot Horst, USGBC Legislative Director Bryan Howard, and USGBC President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi|
The reception was widely attended by a bipartisan group of 13 members of Congress from the House and the Senate. Featured authors of Top 10 legislation Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colorado), Representative Mike Coffman (R-Colorado), and Representative John Sarbanes (D-Maryland) praised USGBC’s mission in their remarks at the event, and stressed the need to continue our efforts in the current political and economic climate more than ever before. Congressional members, staff and Board members were also joined by Mayor Villairagosa of Los Angeles, Mayor Hays of Little Rock, and former Mayor Chavez of Albuquerque, now the Executive Director of ICLEI, as well as a number of partner organization CEOs.
|"USGBC is one of our nation’s most-effective and forceful advocates for advancing green building policies, and I am extremely gratified by this recognition. If we are to reduce energy consumption, we must be at the forefront of the development of green building technology."
– Congressman John Sarbanes, author of the Property Assessed Clean Energy Tax Benefits Act of 2009.
The Top 10 List was a hit with the members at the reception and was picked up in media outlets around the country. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, featured the Top 10 List in the committee’s weekly press release, while Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) touted his bill’s inclusion in the USGBC list in his speech on the Senate floor.
The congressional reception provided USGBC Board members the opportunity to interact with key lawmakers and help tell their stories to show the importance of green building policy. USGBC Senior Vice President Roger Platt secured a private briefing for the Board with long-time sustainability champion Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) in the Capitol Building, and Board members continued to chat with Representatives and staff from their states throughout the evening.
|Congressman Earl Blumenauer briefs the USGBC Board of Directors before the Reception.
|USGBC Board Member Punit Jain from Missouri (right) and Congressman Russ Carnahan (D-Missouri) (left)
Green Schools Gain Congressional Attention while Caucus Initiative Drives Policy in the States
|Congresswoman Capps joined by students in the Oceano cafeteria|
This spring, sustainable schools lived up to their reputation of being something everyone can love.
From Alaska to Central California to Kentucky, green schools had Republicans and Democrats alike voicing their enthusiasm for the environment, the economy, and healthy kids. As U.S. Representatives and Senators begin to take first-hand notice of this green school triple-win, state legislatures continue to lay the groundwork for green schools for every child in a generation.
|Oceano teacher Jim Dececco explains the composting program to Congresswoman Capps|
In March, Oceano Elementary in Oceano, CA, received a visit from Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA). In her visit, Rep. Capps learned with Oceano students about the school’s solar panels, their school waste lunch program, composting, and a community garden. Capps was able to meet with Grover Beach Mayor John Shoals, a participant in the Mayors’ Alliance for Green Schools, and received recognition for her commitment to sustainable policies from the USGBC California Central Coast Chapter.
|Senator Murkowski with project manager Bob Betchtold in front of the school’s LEED Silver plaque|
Meanwhile – in cooler lands to the North – Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) attended the LEED certification ceremony at Machetanz Elementary School in the town of Wasilla, Alaska.
"What the Mat-Su Borough and School District have done with adopting the new sustainable design prototype is embark on a journey. It is a journey that brings together sustainable buildings that enhance learning for students with providing a more comfortable and welcoming environment," said Michael Carlson, architect of the school and President of McCool Carlson Green.
A few weeks later, and just in time for Earth Day, the Commonwealth of Kentucky became the latest state to encourage the design, construction and renovation of new and existing schools to the LEED-Certified level. Sponsored by State Senator Katie Stine (R) and signed by Governor Steven Beshear (D), the legislation had the full support of the USGBC-Kentucky chapter, whose advocacy committee lobbied heavily for its passage.
This achievement is undoubtedly due in part to the work of the Kentucky House Green Schools Caucus, established by a unanimous House-passed resolution earlier in the legislative session. Green Schools Caucus Co-Chairs State Representatives Mary Lou Marzian (D) and Jim DeCesare (R) spent two days late last year at USGBC headquarters learning about the benefits of greening schools through the LEED rating system – and they are one more great example of committed government officials achieving real policy results for a cleaner and healthier future.
Community Leaders Join Girl Scouts in Dedicating First LEED Platinum Building in Delaware
|Senator Carper joins Girl Scouts in dedicating the first LEED Platinum building in Delaware.|
NEWARK, DE – The Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council, Inc. (GSCBC), was joined by civic and community leaders in dedicating the Council’s Science and Technology Lodge in honor of former Council Board President and lifelong environmental advocate Lynn W. Williams.
The Science and Technology Lodge is the first building in Delaware to earn the nationally renowned Platinum Certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is the first Girl Scout Council nationally to attain this top rating for a property.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING IN GREEN BUILDING POLICY
Local, State and National Headlines
Senate Rejects Ban on Greenhouse-Gas Rules
June 10, 2010
GSA Names First Chief Greening Officer
June 8, 2010
Rockville, Maryland’s Green Building Codes Getting Favorable Reviews
June 2, 2010
USGBC Testifies Before Congress on Green Infrastructure Investments
May 26, 2010
Donovan: HUD Will Incorporate Location Efficiency, LEED for Neighborhood Development Criteria in Grant Applications
May 21, 2010
HUD Publishes Advance Guidance on Choice Neighborhoods Funding
May 21, 2010
Senate Committee Advances Federal Facility Training Act
May 20, 2010
Wisconsin Governor Doyle Vetoes Public Green Building Bill
May 19, 2010
GSA Pledges to Pursue Zero Environmental Footprint
May 18, 2010
Idaho High School Students Learn Green Skills for a Green Economy
May 18, 2010
Climate Bill Draft Launched in Senate
May 12, 2010
House Passes Home Retrofit Legislation in “Home Star”
May 6, 2010
GREEN Act Advances through Committee
Apr. 22, 2010
Columbia, SC Uses ARRA Funds to Establish a Green Building Incentive Program
March 30, 2010
Oregon Reaches for New Heights with “Reach” Building Code
March 25, 2010
Building STAR Legislation Introduced in Senate
March 4, 2010
USGBC Names Top 10 Pieces of Green Building Bills
Feb. 24, 2010
HUD Embarks on Sustainable Housing and Communities Listening Tour
Feb. 19-March 11, 2010
New York City Expert Panel Finds 100 Ways Buildings Can be Greener
Feb. 1, 2010