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Published on 02 May 2014 Written by Jason Hartke Posted in Advocacy and policy

After several days of nonstop cold rain here in the District, it was nice to see the sun shining again on the first day of May. But it was even nicer that day to hear about all the award-winning building projects honored by the General Services Administration (GSA) as part of...

Published on 01 May 2014 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

This week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee pushed for positive change for building efficiency legislation with the passage of H.R....

Published on 23 Apr 2014 Written by Cecilia Shutters Posted in Advocacy and policy

Nothing speaks more clearly than good data. The Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) platform proves this every day. USGBC is excited to announce the release of a supplement to GBIG’s already robust data offerings with an update to the state...

Published on 04 Apr 2014 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee took an important move in advancing draft legislation that would renew a series of tax breaks that expired at the end of last year. The “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act;” passed the committee on a...

Published on 28 Mar 2014 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

Good morning, Washington. Today marks the culmination of almost two years of work and thousands of hours of volunteer time to make the District of Columbia, once again, a national leader in better, greener buildings.

The USGBC-National...

Published on 24 Mar 2014 Written by Melissa Gallagher... Posted in Advocacy and policy

U.S. federal government agencies were some of the earliest adopters of LEED. Over the years, we have seen the federal government build, retrofit and operate some amazing green buildings. To date, the federal government has certified 1,031 buildings to LEED, and another 3,000-plus projects are in...

Published on 17 Mar 2014 Written by Maggie Comstock Posted in Advocacy and policy

Green Building Leadership across the World’s Megacities

To accommodate the expected increase in urban population of 2 billion people before 2030, will require the equivalent of 200 new cities the size of Paris.[1]

There is no...

Published on 10 Mar 2014 Written by Fleming Roberts Posted in Advocacy and policy
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We know there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Simply put, trust must be earned.

This is where third-party certification comes in. It holds businesses accountable for what they say is true, and it signals to...

Published on 07 Mar 2014 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

This week, the House of Representatives took a major step in advancing building efficiency legislation with the passage of H.R. 2126, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act. This bipartisan bill cleared the House on a vote of 375-36.

The legislation includes most of the ...

Published on 05 Mar 2014 Written by Maggie Comstock Posted in Advocacy and policy

USGBC is working with policymakers to advance sound resiliency programs and policies so communities can better implement strategies to prevent and mitigate disasters to the extent possible, implement plans for the inevitable events to come, and provide the appropriate tools and resources to...

Published on 05 Mar 2014 Written by Christina Kuo Posted in Advocacy and policy

How do you stay warm in the cold Iowa winter? Pick up the PACE — Property Assessed Clean Energy that is!

That is just what the USGBC Iowa Chapter is doing, leading the charge on PACE as its main advocacy...

Published on 03 Mar 2014 Written by Christina Kuo Posted in Advocacy and policy

A lot of firsthand accounts have already been written about the snowstorm that brought Atlanta to a standstill at the end of January. So I won’t go into detail about the amount of time we spent in our hotel lobby commiserating with other stranded travelers. Our experience was a mild...

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