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Advocacy and policy

February 2013

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Published on February 13, 2013 Written by Jason Hartke Posted in Advocacy and policy

“Let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Last night, President Obama issued a challenge to transform the way we construct, manage and operate our buildings.

“I’m also issuing a new goal for America: Let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and...

Published on February 11, 2013 Written by Jason Hartke Posted in Advocacy and policy

In 2012, green buildings sprouted up across Illinois like wild flowers (let’s say violets, since we’re talking about the Land of Lincoln.)

In fact, last year the state certified 156 LEED projects, representing 25 million square feet of real estate. In total, the state now has more than 700 LEED certified projects, representing more than...

Published on February 6, 2013 Written by Jason Hartke Posted in Advocacy and policy

Since the horrible and ghastly tragedy in Newtown, CT, schools across the nation are engaged in one of our country’s most important conversations – school safety and security. For the sake of our children (and I have two in school), it’s paramount that we get it right.

Today at our USGBC offices, the Council of Educational Facility...

Published on February 6, 2013 Written by Matt Pearce Posted in Advocacy and policy
The Minneapolis skyline. Photo credit: bradleypjohnson via Flickr

Finding ways to better share monthly aggregated energy data from utilities to building owners and operators is critical to understanding and improving building performance across our country. But it’s easier said than done, requiring cooperation among local industry stakeholders including building owners, utilities, governments and advocacy...

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