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Published on 26 Sep 2014 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

Like you, I’m sure, I am a big fan of energy efficiency. In my free time, I also enjoy a healthy dose of astrophysics. So what could be better than an evening this week with the stars of energy efficiency receiving awards named after galaxies and supernovae?...

Published on 25 Sep 2014 Written by Elizabeth Beardsley Posted in Advocacy and policy

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called international leaders to Climate Summit 2014 being held this week to galvanize and catalyze climate action. He has given these leaders homework: bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions,...

Published on 02 Sep 2014 Written by Carli Yoro Posted in Advocacy and policy

The phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” is often applied to judgments of people — and to buildings, too.  

A building’s façade can be beautiful, but it doesn’t necessarily indicate the quality of its indoor...

Published on 29 Aug 2014 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

Last week, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) gathered for their largest ever policy summit. The issues discussed varied from clean power plan implementation to clean water and indoor air, to healthy, high-...

Published on 28 Aug 2014 Written by Fleming Roberts Posted in Advocacy and policy

Have you ever pulled into a train station and felt like you had really arrived somewhere else, because the station felt like part of this new town’s identity? Did you ever tour your local fire station as a kid, and if you were very lucky, slide down that shiny silver pole? Did you ever go...

Published on 01 Aug 2014 Written by Jason Hartke Posted in Advocacy and policy

Today, I joined Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA) in a press conference call he hosted to introduce his new bipartisan legislation, the PREPARE Act (Preparedness and Risk management for Extreme weather Patterns Assuring Resilience). Joining several co-sponsors, Cartwright introduced the bill in...

Published on 31 Jul 2014 Written by Sharon Grant Posted in Advocacy and policy

A recent market research study revealed that Idahoans value energy efficiency. In fact, 65% of them favor...

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...

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