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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...

Published on 16 Sep 2013 Written by Michael Peel Posted in Advocacy and policy

The USGBC Inland Empire Chapter (USGBC-IE) has been reaching out beyond architects, engineers and builders to low-income communities through its Sustainable and Healthy Community Initiative. This initiative aims to provide green building...

Published on 12 Sep 2013 Written by Katie Kaluzny Posted in Advocacy and policy

Breaking news: On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Chicago City Council passed the Energy Use Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinance introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The new ordinance will provide another opportunity for Chicago building owners and tenants to learn about their energy use and work...

Published on 06 Sep 2013 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

It wasn’t easy to pull together state-by-state facts and figures about the strength of our growing green building marketplace. But we did it, thanks to the help and support of all 77 chapters.* We now have at our fingertips—state-by-state and region-by-regionan...

Published on 04 Sep 2013 Written by Tess Wiggins Posted in Advocacy and policy

Last week, we launched our first social media advocacy campaign to spread the word to our elected officials that #LEEDworks! The campaign was a resounding success, all due to the amazing responses of our 62, 674 Twitter followers and countless LEED supporters.

“#LEEDworks to protect...

Published on 26 Aug 2013 Written by Cecilia Shutters Posted in Advocacy and policy

When was the last time you talked to your Senator? Does he or she know green buildings are important to you? 

Join green building advocates from across the country as we band together to let our elected officials know #LEEDworks! 

The #LEEDworks campaign kicks off...

Published on 23 Aug 2013 Written by Nell Boyle Posted in Advocacy and policy

Over the last few decades, the Southeast Region has experienced exceptional growth in population. This is a rich and diverse section of the country with numerous natural resources including large forests, mountain streams, coastal areas and agricultural commerce. Generally, these states have few...

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