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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
Photo Credit: Reto Kurmann via Flickr Creative Commons

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
Photo Credit: Bipartisan Policy Center

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...

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