Advocacy and Policy at Greenbuild 2015
We are excited to welcome the green building community to Washington, DC, for Greenbuild next week! The Advocacy and Policy team plans to take full advantage of the conference being in the nation’s capital (check out our recommendations for what to do in our town). Planned events for the week include visits to Capitol Hill, an educational summit for federal employees, lots of relevant education programs and expo hall tours for state, local and federal government officials.
Greenbuild will also feature a number of speakers from the U.S. public sector: HUD Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tregoning; USDA Deputy Secretary Harden; Army Assistant Secretary Hammack; and Dan Reifsnyder, U.S. Department of State, Deputy Secretary for Environment. International government representatives include Swedish Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Information Technology Mehmet Kaplan and Mexico City Secretary of Environment Tanya Müller.
Here are several resources highlighting the various benefits green buildings can offer communities across the country, as well as what steps governments can take to spur green building activity in their jurisdictions.
- 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study: This study quantifies the economic value of green building and LEED construction. It finds that the trajectory of the green building sector in the U.S. construction industry is slated for expansive growth. To date, green building has created millions of jobs and contributed hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. economy.
- LEED: saving taxpayers money, creating American jobs, and leading by example: Government at all levels has a responsibility to use taxpayer dollars both wisely and transparently. Through its investments, governments can protect and expand the American workforce and also catalyze future competitiveness and growth of domestic enterprise. High-performance, LEED-certified buildings have a strong track record of serving these important goals and more.
- Policy brief on federal government use of LEED
- Policy brief on state and local government use of LEED
- Why LEED Certification Matters to Your Bottom Line: This one-page document gives an overview of the benefits LEED certification provides to businesses and governments alike.
- Green for All—Healthy and Efficient Affordable Housing: A summary describing the benefits of green, affordable housing, plus actions that governments can take in order to encourage such residences in their communities.
- Encouraging Building Energy Improvements through Tax Incentives: A summary highlighting tax incentives offered to LEED buildings, a case study and other common incentive strategies used to spur green building activity.