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Published on 22 Apr 2015 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

This week the House of Representatives advanced a modest but important bill that improves building efficiency in commercial buildings. S. 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act passed the House by a voice vote and will...

Published on 09 Apr 2015 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

This article is co-authored by Wes Sullens.

In the land of tech giants, giant sequoias, great earthquakes, and movie star legends, there’s no doubt that the state’s belief...

Published on 03 Apr 2015 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

As one its final acts last week, the U.S. Senate took a positive step in advancing building efficiency legislation with the passage of S. 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act. This bipartisan bill cleared the Senate on...

Published on 20 Mar 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 19 Mar 2015 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

*This article was co-authored by Grant Olear.

From 1849-1851, the United States of America included the provisional state of Deseret which spanned large parts of present-day Oregon, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Colorado and Wyoming. It was a gigantic,...

Published on 11 Mar 2015 Written by Elizabeth Beardsley Posted in Advocacy and policy

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has a critical role in making federal buildings more sustainable. GSA is a significant federal landlord, building,...

Published on 11 Mar 2015 Written by Fleming Roberts Posted in Advocacy and policy

Recently we reported on the announcement from the Energy Information Administration that the federal government is consuming...

Published on 03 Mar 2015 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

"You're inventing a world we can't even recognize yet!" exclaimed Director Tommy Wells, Washington, DC’s acting director of its Department of the Environment to an audience of more than 400 local green building professionals last Thursday evening. The...

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...

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