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In Advocacy and policy 11.13.2015

Advocacy and Policy at Greenbuild 2015

We are excited to welcome the green building community to Washington, DC, for Greenbuild next week! The Advocacy and Policy team plans to take full advantage of the conference being in the nation’s capital (check out our recommendations for what to do in our town). Planned events for the week include visits to Capitol Hill, an educational summit for federal employees, lots of relevant education programs and expo hall tours for state, local and federal government...

In Advocacy and policy 10.30.2015

Top CEOs employ LEED

The grades are in: Harvard Business Review (HBR) has released its annual rankings of the world’s best-performing CEOs. To reflect corporate sustainability’s rapid ascension into the spotlight for investors, board members and consumers, HBR, for the first time ever, scored each company’s environmental, social and governance performance in addition to the traditional financial metrics. As corporate sustainability joins the ranks of shareholder returns and...

In Advocacy and policy 10.12.2015

Free webinar: Opportunities for affordable housing and energy efficiency in the Clean...

In concert with other members of a clean power working group, USGBC presents a free webinar about the Clean Power Plan on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. EDT. The Clean Power Plan (CPP), issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month, represents our nation’s strongest commitment to date in addressing the contributors to climate change. By establishing limits for existing power plants—the largest source of carbon emissions—the...

In Advocacy and policy 09.28.2015

Operational efficiency: doing the same, with less

To many people, “energy efficiency” means swapping out incandescent light bulbs for more efficient LEDs or upgrading an HVAC system. But small operational changes in how a facility or campus operates can result in huge savings as well, without the price tag of retrofits. In fact, FirstFuel has found that low- or no-cost efficiency measures represent over 50 percent of the potential energy efficiency savings in commercial buildings. Operational inefficiencies are often hiding in...

In Advocacy and policy 11.9.2015

The public and private sector ramp up commitments ahead of COP21

Public and private entities in the United States are making emissions reduction pledges ahead of the climate negotiations in Paris. At this writing, through the Compact of Mayors, 83 local governments from more than 30 U.S. states have committed to ambitious climate planning activities. The Compact is an ever-growing global coalition that unites city governments and their network partners with a common aim—to share the impact of city action with the global community to inspire and...

In Advocacy and policy 10.23.2015

Mayors continue to play vital role leading into COP

For two weeks in December, the world will gather in Paris for COP21, or the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, to negotiate a global agreement on climate change. As Secretary Kerry and Special Envoy Bloomberg recently wrote, “Mayors have already helped set the stage for success in Paris, by establishing models of cooperation that provide a strong foundation for the negotiations.” Through the Compact of Mayors, cities around the world have committed to substantially...

In Advocacy and policy 10.12.2015

Government watchdog doesn’t bark at using LEED

With the release of the Clean Power Plan and consideration of comprehensive energy legislation, the last few weeks have been pretty active with regard to energy efficiency and buildings. One item that hasn’t been getting as much attention as it deserves is the recent report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found that third-party rating systems like LEED assist federal agencies in implementing key efficiency goals. An...

In Advocacy and policy 09.25.2015

Free for local governments: emission inventory tool ClearPath and webinar

Thanks to a generous grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, ICLEI USA’s ClearPath is now available to any U.S. city, county or regional government for free through the end of 2018.  ICLEI, C40, and the Compact of Mayors will hold a webinar on Monday, Sept. 28 at 4:00 p.m. EST to explain the Compact and ClearPath. We encourage local governments to join and learn more!  ClearPath is the leading online platform for compiling greenhouse gas inventories at the community-wide or...

In Advocacy and policy 11.5.2015

Cities are building the road to Paris

The 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) will meet in Paris in early December 2015 to continue the search for climate solutions. Expectations are always high—with fears of failure lingering in our minds. Previous COPs have had notable successes—and publicized failures. The challenge of global climate change is enormous. COP 21 hopes to overcome some of the problems and find ways to apply technologies, policies and practices to reduce warming to under two degrees...

In Advocacy and policy 10.23.2015

Another landmark year for sustainability from the California legislature

This article was co-authored by Jeremy Sigmon, Brenden McEneaney, and Justin Malan, and was originally posted on the USGBC Northern California website. Amidst a daunting backdrop of oppressive drought, hellacious wildfires and subsiding land, California continued a course leading the seventh largest economy towards a sustainable clean energy future. The ride this year was bumpy and the opposition was fierce, but substantial progress was made. USGBC California spent the year actively working...

In Advocacy and policy 10.2.2015

How Arlington County is incentivizing LEED

Just across the Potomac from the USGBC headquarters in Washington, D.C., Arlington County, Virginia is updating its Green Building Incentive Program and adopting the latest version of the LEED green building rating system, v4, as the program’s standard—more than a year before the "sunset date" for project registration under LEED 2009.  Beginning Oct. 1, developers applying for a density bonus under the program, using LEED, must seek certification under LEED...

In Advocacy and policy 09.24.2015

Speak out for climate action and clean buildings

USGBC is excited to announce a new campaign leading up to Greenbuild 2015 and COP21 Climate Negotiations in Paris, calling on USGBC member businesses to sign on to the Building and Real Estate Climate Declaration. Working with engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti, USGBC and the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) are collaborating on this campaign with Ceres, an organization dedicated to sustainability leadership, to support a clear statement for climate action by our government. Impressively, there...

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