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Published on 14 Oct 2016 Written by Hannah Jane Brown Posted in Advocacy and policy

Feature image: The Grand River, which runs through Grand Rapids, Michigan, went from an overburdened area to a revitalized waterway with the help of a grant from the Urban Water Federal Partnership.

Far too often, those disproportionately impacted by...

Published on 06 Oct 2016 Written by Rick Fedrizzi Posted in Advocacy and policy

Eight years ago, in the nation’s capital, the Washington Nationals Park baseball stadium became the first major professional sports stadium in the country to be recognized for its leadership in sustainable...

Published on 28 Sep 2016 Written by Elizabeth Beardsley Posted in Advocacy and policy

Climate Week in New York was the stage for an exciting announcement last week from the White House:...

Published on 26 Sep 2016 Written by Brenden McEneaney Posted in Advocacy and policy

There’s a reason USGBC® gives out those funny green hard hats in Sacramento every year. This June, they went to Assemblymember Phil Ting and Assemblymember Richard Bloom for their outstanding leadership on our issues. Very special recognition and a salute also went out to NRDC’s...

Published on 22 Sep 2016 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

At USGBC®, we are inspired by buildings that stand the test of time, buildings that are resilient and energy-efficient, incorporating renewable and regenerative strategies. Cities like Los Angeles, our Greenbuild 2016 host city,...

Published on 20 Sep 2016 Written by Cecilia Shutters Posted in Advocacy and policy

This year alone, Fannie Mae has provided more than $1.2 billion in financing to qualified green multifamily properties. Fannie Mae’s green financing solutions use pricing breaks and higher loan...

Published on 15 Sep 2016 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

At a Washington, D.C. forum hosted by The Hill and Zurich Insurance Group on Sept. 14, representatives from the private sector joined members of Congress and federal agency officials to discuss community resilience to extreme weather and climate change. The forum, "...

Published on 09 Sep 2016 Written by Elizabeth Beardsley Posted in Advocacy and policy

On Saturday, Sept. 3, the White House announced that for the first time, the U.S. and China, the world’s two biggest emitters, have formally joined the historic Paris climate agreement aimed at reducing carbon pollution. By jointly signing the Paris Agreement, the world’s two largest...

Published on 31 Aug 2016 Written by Nick Brousse Posted in Advocacy and policy

Earlier this summer, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe took a bold step toward combating climate change in the Commonwealth. To reduce carbon pollution from the state’s power plants, Gov. McAuliffe signed ...

Published on 15 Aug 2016 Written by Cecilia Shutters Posted in Advocacy and policy

Did you know that at any time, you can access up-to-the-month data about LEED in your state? The interactive state market briefs provide a quick look at state-specific ...

Published on 10 Aug 2016 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

The concept of resilience took center stage at the State of Resilience Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. The event, presented by...

Published on 09 Aug 2016 Written by Nick Brousse Posted in Advocacy and policy

Freddie Mac announced yesterday their Multifamily Green Advantage program, a suite of offerings rewarding borrowers who improve their properties to save energy and water with discounted...

Published on 08 Aug 2016 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

Much of the news coverage and social media attention from last week surrounded speeches at the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia. Beyond the formal business of ratifying the party platform and nominating candidates, the DNC served as a backdrop for many elected officials...

Published on 27 Jul 2016 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

You’ve probably just about heard it all from the Republican convention hall last week. The 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, was—unsurprisingly—a media frenzy. From speeches by"Charles in Charge" star Scott Baio and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to tech...

Published on 20 Jul 2016 Written by Nick Brousse Posted in Advocacy and policy

President Obama has announced the Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative, following through on commitments made at the White...

Published on 19 Jul 2016 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

In the second quarter of 2016, the Advocacy team at USGBC was engaged with elected officials, governmental agencies and strategic partners on issues including energy and green building legislation, elevating resilience and green schools. Highlights from Q2 include a visit to Taipei to discuss...

Published on 13 Jul 2016 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

USGBC Platinum member company Johnson Controls recently published its annual ...

Published on 30 Jun 2016 Written by Nick Brousse Posted in Advocacy and policy

On June 28, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 57, a major step forward in combating climate change by reducing carbon pollution from the state’s power plants. The order...

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