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Advocacy and policy

March 2013

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Published on February 21, 2013 Written by Maggie Comstock Posted in Advocacy and policy
UNEP Rio +20 Conference

“From Outcome to Implementation” – That was the theme of the first universal session of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Governing Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF), which convened on Monday . The agenda for the meeting, open to all 193 UN member states for the first time, sought to create a framework...

Published on February 21, 2013 Written by Anonymous Posted in Advocacy and policy
Photo credit: SGA

The following is a guest post by Alex Dodds, Online Communications Manager at Smart Growth America.

The biggest real estate investor in the United States isn’t Donald Trump, and it’s not a private equity firm.

Spending or committing roughly $450 billion a year, the federal...

Published on February 20, 2013 Written by Fleming Roberts Posted in Advocacy and policy
Photo credit: wallyg via flikr

There sure has been a lot of talk about the federal government’s use of LEED lately.

Last week, the National Research Council released a report that reaffirmed what we’ve been saying all along—that LEED makes good economic sense. They...

Published on February 19, 2013 Written by Matt Pearce Posted in Advocacy and policy
Central Minneapolis across the Mississippi River. Photo credit: kla4067 via flik

Recently, the city of Minneapolis became the latest city to lead by example in improving building performance by requiring the benchmarking and disclosure of energy and water usage for the city’s public and commercial building stock. USGBC supports benchmarking initiatives through the...

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