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Published on 24 Feb 2015 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

Under the Energy and Independence and Security Act of 2007, the General Services Administration (GSA) is charged with reviewing green building rating systems and making a formal recommendation for their use by federal agencies. Regarding LEED, in...

Published on 23 Feb 2015 Written by Jason Hartke Posted in Advocacy and policy

As Secretary Kerry and the State Department announced a new leadership program on air pollution, I’m reminded of the Department’s strong record of leadership in green building.

Last week I had the honor of joining Secretary of State John Kerry and EPA...

Published on 18 Feb 2015 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

On Feb. 3, 2015, representatives from USGBC national joined members of the newly formed USGBC Greater Virginia Chapter at the capital in Richmond to participate in Clean Energy Lobby Day. Green building and energy efficiency were on the agenda...

Published on 17 Feb 2015 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

You may have missed the recent announcement from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) that energy consumption by the federal government is at its lowest point since 1975. This is, as some would say, a big...

Published on 06 Feb 2015 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

This week, members of the U.S. Representatives reaffirmed their commitment to advancing school efficiency policy. Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA), Chris Gibson (NY), and Peter Welch (VT) re-introduced the bipartisan Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act. 

This...

Published on 05 Feb 2015 Written by Elizabeth Beardsley Posted in Advocacy and policy

On December 1, 2014, USGBC submitted comments to EPA on its proposed Clean Power Plan, also known as...

Published on 30 Jan 2015 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

With Superbowl XLIX just around the corner, we wanted to recognize the cities that the Patriots and Seahawks call home and specifically how they have lead the way with innovative green building policies.

Both cities target LEED certification for all new and renovated city-funded projects...

Published on 30 Jan 2015 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

“Ninety percent of the United States’ real GDP originates in cities,” Vice President Biden remarked in his address at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting luncheon this past Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015...

Published on 23 Jan 2015 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

With the change in leadership in the Senate and growing numbers of conservatives in the House of Representatives, many questions have come up regarding what to expect with green building policies in this new Congress. While there are certainly many unknowns, here are some issues to keep an eye...

Published on 22 Jan 2015 Written by Nora Knox Posted in Advocacy and policy

This week Obama delivered the 2015 State of the Union, and in his remarks he declared that there is no greater threat than climate change.

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Published on 19 Dec 2014 Written by Mark Teschauer Posted in Advocacy and policy

Because planning decisions reverberate across decades the planning profession plays a major role in enabling sustainable solutions in communities across the country. When planners give consideration to sustainability and integrate it into the planning process they magnify a community's...

Published on 17 Dec 2014 Written by Fleming Roberts Posted in Advocacy and policy

On stage at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia, our CEO Rick Fedrizzi sat across from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and said that there weren’t enough women coming into our movement. He continued by asking what we could do to bring more gender equity to green building.

This...

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