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Published on 09 Dec 2016 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

USGBC, along with the National League of Cities and the Urban Land Institute, is hosting the 2016 Resilient Cities Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from Dec. 7–9. The second annual summit will convene mayors, senior city officials and nationally recognized experts in sustainable development...

Published on 06 Dec 2016 Written by Grey Lee ED Posted in Advocacy and policy

Although Greenbuild 2016 is a couple of months behind us, the memories of our experience in Los Angeles will not be quick to fade. A warm and welcoming host city, L.A. was the perfect backdrop for a truly iconic conference—complete...

Published on 01 Dec 2016 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

USGBC is excited to share a new resource aimed at helping cities around the globe to achieve improvement in building energy efficiency—to save money, increase resilience and gain important co-benefits such as public health.

The...

Published on 21 Nov 2016 Written by Elizabeth Beardsley Posted in Advocacy and policy

With unprecedented speed, the historic Paris Agreement has entered into force less than one year after representatives of more than 190 countries came together for the climate...

Published on 21 Nov 2016 Written by Nick Brousse Posted in Advocacy and policy

The federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program and state Qualified Allocation Plans (QAPs) that guide the distribution of tax credits have an outsized ability to promote green affordable housing in the United State. ...

Published on 10 Nov 2016 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

The Advocacy and Policy team has had an active three months, working to advance green buildings, LEED, and GBCI’s growing suite of products through engagements with decision-makers at...

Published on 09 Nov 2016 Written by Mahesh Ramanujam Posted in Advocacy and policy

Yesterday’s election concluded a long campaign and national discourse about which direction our country should go for the next four years. The American people spoke, and regardless of which candidate you supported, now is the time to find critical areas of common ground where we can all...

Published on 03 Nov 2016 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

Much of the talk the past few years in the international environmental policy sphere has been about three global initiatives—the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the ...

Published on 27 Oct 2016 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

On October 5, representatives from more than 70 embassies joined together to sign a pledge with the U.S. Department of State and Washington, D.C.’s...

Published on 24 Oct 2016 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

It has been an exciting, action-packed first few days of Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, where discussion ranges from resilience in informal...

Published on 17 Oct 2016 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

UN-Habitat, the formal United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, looks to establish a common vision for sustainable and equitable urban developments. UN Habitat conferences take place every 20 years, with the first...

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, "...

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