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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...

Published on 17 Nov 2013 Written by Tyler Steele Posted in Advocacy and policy

In Ohio, we’re proud to be number one in the nation for green schools, thanks to our state’s commitment to use the LEED green building rating system for new public facilities, including schools. LEED is the preeminent standard for buildings because it helps ensure they conserve...

Published on 15 Nov 2013 Written by Maggie Comstock Posted in Advocacy and policy
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Contributed to by Joe Crea

The devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines continues to mount.  Winds that reached 195 mph brought unmitigated ruin, an untold number of deaths and displaced more than 600,000 people throughout the country. This beast of a storm...

Published on 12 Nov 2013 Written by Jason Hartke Posted in Advocacy and policy

The list of benefits from Maryland’s building energy efficiency programs feels a little like a MasterCard commercial. These programs have led to an investment of nearly $200 million, attracted more than 42,000 participants (17 percent of accounts), saved nearly 800,000 megawatt hours and...

Published on 11 Nov 2013 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy
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Last Monday at the University of Southern California, I joined housing policy luminaries, including ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and former Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, at the Bipartisan Policy...

Published on 01 Nov 2013 Written by Zach Bernstein Posted in Advocacy and policy

People like to talk about the environment in terms of protecting nature — making sure we don’t pollute or ensuring conservation of natural resources for future generations. That’s a worthy goal; since buildings in the United States account for...

Published on 30 Oct 2013 Written by Jason Hartke Posted in Advocacy and policy
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“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

That’s what General Services Administration (GSA) concluded again on October 25. After a lot of study, the GSA decided that the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building rating system can and should be used in...

Published on 16 Oct 2013 Written by Cecilia Shutters Posted in Advocacy and policy
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Check out Stuart Kaplow’s Green Building Update to see a highlight of how much LEED does in just one week. Some stand out stats include:

  • 45 projects were...

Published on 10 Oct 2013 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

October is not even 10 days through and it’s already been a great month for greener building codes.  Here are four of this month’s highlights (in reverse chronological order). Thank goodness none of these required any action by the federal government!  One thing seems...

Published on 25 Sep 2013 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

After two weeks of deliberation, the Senate couldn’t advance this important bipartisan bill.

The Senate spent the first two weeks of September trying to pass bipartisan energy efficiency legislation, commonly known as Shaheen-Portman (...

Published on 23 Sep 2013 Written by Jason Hartke Posted in Advocacy and policy

Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., delivered a major national address last Friday at the National Press Club, outlining a blueprint for local leaders to join together and implement solutions to build a more resilient America.

“The good news is that we have a movement and a...

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