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In Advocacy and policy 03.5.2014

Looking back: National Leadership Speaker Series on resiliency in 21st century

USGBC is working with policymakers to advance sound resiliency programs and policies so communities can better implement strategies to prevent and mitigate disasters to the extent possible, implement plans for the inevitable events to come, and provide the appropriate tools and resources to rebound smarter, greener and better. Climate and economic resilience are two essential elements that will define the 21st century, as our world is more interconnected, urbanized, complex, and yet more...

In Advocacy and policy 02.4.2014
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Today’s truth check: Green building is good for Ohio!

Ohio’s green building industry stands strong to support green building in the Buckeye State… This morning, USGBC joined expert witnesses from across Ohio’s diverse green building industry to tell state legislators that LEED works for Ohio. A handful of DC industry lobbyists flew in for the second time, today, to say that it is not. The purpose of this morning’s convening in Columbus was a hearing before a state senate committee.  The committee heard testimony on...

In Advocacy and policy 01.29.2014

Dear Mr. President: Support better buildings through executive action

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 take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do." Well, here at USGBC, we're all too familiar with all the various actions the executive branch...

In Advocacy and policy 12.19.2013

3-2-1 Action! Review of 2013 green building policy campaigns

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 60,000 LEED projects around the world. We know we can catalyze this impressive growth and focus on sustainability if we ensure that the right frameworks exist to help these efforts flourish and thrive. That’s where you,...

In Advocacy and policy 03.5.2014

Picking up the PACE in Iowa

How do you stay warm in the cold Iowa winter? Pick up the PACE — Property Assessed Clean Energy that is! That is just what the USGBC Iowa Chapter is doing, leading the charge on PACE as its main advocacy effort. Cecilia Shutters and I certainly stayed warm keeping up with the USGBC Iowa chapter this month. We joined them for Design Day at the State Capitol (one of the most beautiful capitol buildings in America), meetings with legislators and an evening PACE education event with...

In Advocacy and policy 02.3.2014

Global green building event calendar 2014

The global green building professional’s attention is perpetually divided. With relevant and compelling events taking place all over the world, it is impossible to be everywhere at once. Joe and I have prepared a cheat sheet for the “who,” “what” and “where” you should be in 2014. Of course, the calendar is far from comprehensive but we hope that you find this resource valuable as you navigate the global green building landscape.  Download PDF...

In Advocacy and policy 01.27.2014

A haiku of state and local advocacy opportunities in 2014

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? As one year closes and another begins, it is customary to look back on what we accomplished and the possibilities in the new year. We've already looked back on the campaigns in 2013, courtesy of Jeremy Sigmon, so let’s look at the advocacy possibilities for creating a greener, more sustainable...

In Advocacy and policy 12.13.2013

Best in class: King County, WA leads by platinum example

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 even wider range of county buildings to the highest levels of green building and climate leadership) was unanimously approved by County Council.  Specifically, the new commitment to LEED Platinum for public facilities...

In Advocacy and policy 03.3.2014

Coordinated Resiliency

A lot of firsthand accounts have already been written about the snowstorm that brought Atlanta to a standstill at the end of January. So I won’t go into detail about the amount of time we spent in our hotel lobby commiserating with other stranded travelers. Our experience was a mild inconvenience compared to the horror stories that have come out (although the banner image is an actual photo of the line that we stood in at the grocery store — the only open food option). The reason...

In Advocacy and policy 01.30.2014

House committee clears important legislation for commercial tenants

On Tuesday, the House Energy & Commerce Committee took a positive step in advancing building efficiency legislation with the passage of H.R. 2126, the “Better Buildings Act.” This bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT) cleared the committee on voice vote. In a statement, Representative Welch lauded the passage of the bill: “The Committee’s action today demonstrates that energy efficiency is a policy area...

In Advocacy and policy 12.20.2013
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USGBC 2014 congressional wrap-up and look ahead

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 holiday recess by dividing up some $498.1 billion in domestic discretionary spending. They will have until January 15th to negotiate a spending package to replace the expiring continuing resolution...

In Advocacy and policy 12.4.2013
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USGBC collaborates with DOE in launch of Better Buildings Accelerators

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 surprise that the program launch took time to highlight our community’s ongoing contributions to building energy benchmarking, accessing data and unlocking new markets for energy efficiency....

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