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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...

Published on 04 Feb 2014 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy
Photo Credit: OZinOH via Flickr Creative Commons

Ohio’s green building industry stands strong to support green building in the Buckeye State…

This morning, USGBC joined expert witnesses from across Ohio’s diverse green building industry to tell state legislators that...

Published on 03 Feb 2014 Written by Maggie Comstock Posted in Advocacy and policy

The global green building professional’s attention is perpetually divided. With relevant and compelling events taking place all over the world, it is impossible to be everywhere at once. Joe and I have prepared a cheat sheet for the “who,” “what” and “where...

Published on 30 Jan 2014 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

On Tuesday, the House Energy & Commerce Committee took a positive step in advancing building efficiency legislation with the passage of H.R. 2126, the “...

Published on 29 Jan 2014 Written by Rick Fedrizzi Posted in Advocacy and policy

Last night, I was inspired watching President Obama outline a plan to "make this a year of action" and calling on us all to do everything we can to invest in a stronger America. The president himself also wasn't shy about reaffirming his commitment to take action: "Wherever and whenever I can...

Published on 27 Jan 2014 Written by Christina Kuo Posted in Advocacy and policy

New year, new session;

Advocates plan, train, and meet;

For chance to green laws.

I believe in concise writing; thus, what better way to lay out advocacy possibilities in 2014 than with a haiku?...

Published on 20 Dec 2013 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy
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With only a few short weeks before the New Year, the House and Senate completed a series of important legislative milestones including the bipartisan budget deal. With this budget deal in place, the House and Senate Appropriations Committee will begin to formally negotiate over the...

Published on 19 Dec 2013 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

I’m inspired by the many people I meet who are committed to the idea that green building design, construction and operations will change the world. The market’s uptake alone is reason enough to be sure that we really are having an impact, with already nearly...

Published on 13 Dec 2013 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

For green building policy geeks like us, King County, Washington, is as cool as it gets.  And, my dear geeky friends, they’re at it again.

This week, County Executive Dow Constantine’s proposal to upgrade the existing green building ordinance (and commit an...

Published on 04 Dec 2013 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy
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Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced three Better Buildings Accelerator programs. USGBC Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law Roger Platt and I were in attendance at the White House events. Driving better building practice is central to USGBC’s work, so it’s no...

Published on 18 Nov 2013 Written by Maggie Comstock Posted in Advocacy and policy

Globally, buildings account for 40% of energy use, 38% of greenhouse gas emissions, 12% of potable water and 20% of solid waste streams in developed countries. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has identified buildings as the greatest impact, least costly way to reduce greenhouse gas...

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