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Published on 12 Jan 2017 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

Starting today, you can discover and access green building-related and LEED-specific policies across the United States in the new USGBC Public Policy Library. The library is an interactive platform that shares details...

Published on 11 Jan 2017 Written by John Dalzell Posted in Advocacy and policy

In 2007, as green building practices continued to grow as a viable tool for reducing the environmental impacts of buildings, Boston made an unprecedented commitment to urban sustainability by enacting ...

Published on 10 Jan 2017 Written by Hannah Jane Brown Posted in Advocacy and policy

Next time you take a walk around your city, look around. Is there green infrastructure near you? If not, there might be soon! Green infrastructure is becoming a more widely adopted strategy for addressing city challenges and goals.

In addition to taking root in climate action planning,...

Published on 04 Jan 2017 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

December was a big month for building efficiency in U.S. cities. The cities of Orlando, Los Angeles and Denver have adopted policies that double down on the power of information through building energy and water benchmarking.

As with setting successful New Year’s resolutions, you...

Published on 21 Dec 2016 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

This article was co-authored by Katharine Burgess, Director, Urban Resilience at the Urban Land Institute, and Cooper Martin, Program Director, Sustainable Cities Institute, ...

Published on 09 Dec 2016 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

USGBC, along with the National League of Cities and the Urban Land Institute, is hosting the 2016 Resilient Cities Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from Dec. 7–9. The second annual summit will convene mayors, senior city officials and nationally recognized experts in sustainable development...

Published on 06 Dec 2016 Written by Grey Lee ED Posted in Advocacy and policy

Although Greenbuild 2016 is a couple of months behind us, the memories of our experience in Los Angeles will not be quick to fade. A warm and welcoming host city, L.A. was the perfect backdrop for a truly iconic conference—complete...

Published on 01 Dec 2016 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

USGBC is excited to share a new resource aimed at helping cities around the globe to achieve improvement in building energy efficiency—to save money, increase resilience and gain important co-benefits such as public health.

The...

Published on 21 Nov 2016 Written by Elizabeth Beardsley Posted in Advocacy and policy

With unprecedented speed, the historic Paris Agreement has entered into force less than one year after representatives of more than 190 countries came together for the climate...

Published on 21 Nov 2016 Written by Nick Brousse Posted in Advocacy and policy

The federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program and state Qualified Allocation Plans (QAPs) that guide the distribution of tax credits have an outsized ability to promote green affordable housing in the United State. ...

Published on 10 Nov 2016 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

The Advocacy and Policy team has had an active three months, working to advance green buildings, LEED, and GBCI’s growing suite of products through engagements with decision-makers at...

Published on 09 Nov 2016 Written by Mahesh Ramanujam Posted in Advocacy and policy

Yesterday’s election concluded a long campaign and national discourse about which direction our country should go for the next four years. The American people spoke, and regardless of which candidate you supported, now is the time to find critical areas of common ground where we can all...

Published on 03 Nov 2016 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

Much of the talk the past few years in the international environmental policy sphere has been about three global initiatives—the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the ...

Published on 27 Oct 2016 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

On October 5, representatives from more than 70 embassies joined together to sign a pledge with the U.S. Department of State and Washington, D.C.’s...

Published on 24 Oct 2016 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

It has been an exciting, action-packed first few days of Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, where discussion ranges from resilience in informal...

Published on 17 Oct 2016 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

UN-Habitat, the formal United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, looks to establish a common vision for sustainable and equitable urban developments. UN Habitat conferences take place every 20 years, with the first...

Published on 14 Oct 2016 Written by Hannah Jane Brown Posted in Advocacy and policy

Feature image: The Grand River, which runs through Grand Rapids, Michigan, went from an overburdened area to a revitalized waterway with the help of a grant from the Urban Water Federal Partnership.

Far too often, those disproportionately impacted by...

Published on 06 Oct 2016 Written by Rick Fedrizzi Posted in Advocacy and policy

Eight years ago, in the nation’s capital, the Washington Nationals Park baseball stadium became the first major professional sports stadium in the country to be recognized for its leadership in sustainable...

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