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In Advocacy and policy 08.20.2013

The Northeast Region market briefs and state snapshots

The Northeast Corridor Regional Committee (NECRC) is composed of 11 chapters, in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The chapters in our region represent diverse environmental, social and economic assets and challenges, with varying green building marketplaces. The region is home to the oldest green building organization in the country, the Green Building Alliance (GBA), originally a USGBC affiliate and now an official chapter...

In Advocacy and policy 07.29.2013
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Mapping green buildings across the US: Where are they appearing, and why?

One of the duties of my summer internship at USGBC includes tracking green building policies around the world. While this task is far too big to wrap up in mere months, I am beginning to recognize trends in different regions of the world. Two recent articles caught my attention, as they each offer interesting insights and provide supporting evidence for green building policy trends.In the May 2013 report “Green Building Geography: Does Governmental Incentives or Economic Growth Stimulate...

In Advocacy and policy 07.19.2013
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New laws and leadership cultivate green building in the Southwest

There’s something happening in those dry Southwestern mountains. It seems to be billowing outward from the ponderosa pines, carried by the roadrunner into the fields of Indian paintbrush and down into the mighty Colorado River. Thanks to the prolific outreach efforts of USGBC’s green building community, the benefits of healthy, efficient and low-impact buildings are on the mind, and lawmakers are taking action. Here's some recent highlights from 2013: New Mexico: On April 1, New...

In Advocacy and policy 07.10.2013

The Pacific Region market briefs and state snapshots

The Pacific Region is home to some of the most sought-after natural and built environments in the United States. It includes the states of California and Hawaii, covering more than 162,000 square miles. Nine local USGBC chapters in distinct areas throughout the region are providing significant "boots on the ground" support to USGBC’s strategic initiatives and promoting the benefits of green buildings. Eight chapters are in California—Redwood Empire, Northern California, California Central Coast...

In Advocacy and policy 08.15.2013

Advocacy Update: Promoting policy for energy efficiency, resilience & green schools

July was another busy month for USGBC’s advocacy shop. Working hand-in-hand with our invaluable volunteers and member companies, our team is building stronger ties with our networks, empowering community action and advancing sound public policy to accelerate green building all across the country.  In July we’ve been active on federal legislation that advances energy efficiency, supports infrastructure finance and promotes true green building leadership. We’re also...

In Advocacy and policy 07.26.2013

Environmental organizations link arms to protect Shaheen-Portman bill from poison pill...

Contact your senators today and tell them to vote "NO" on any anti-LEED amendments and "YES" on Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's amendment to S. 761, the Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.The Shaheen-Portman bill could be a real victory. Beyond being a bill that might actually pass in this Congress, it holds promise to better our energy security, save money for taxpayers and businesses and encourage private-sector job creation. The bill contains a variety...

In Advocacy and policy 07.18.2013
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Not waiting around: New York state seizes green building opportunity

Have you ever thought about what Billy Joel meant by “A New York State of Mind”? Sometimes I think he meant not sitting around and waiting for others to act — like Ithaca, Yonkers, Hastings-on-Hudson, Buffalo and New York City have done this spring to advance green building in their communities. I suspect that these are only a few of thousands of examples of our cities taking on green goals and not waiting for state or federal action. “New York is overflowing with market...

In Advocacy and policy 07.3.2013

The Heartland Region market brief and state snapshots

The heart of the country, the heart of USGBC.  The Heartland Regional Committee (HRC), created in 2005, is composed of 16 chapters across 12 states, from Ohio in the East to Kansas in the West and north to the Canadian border. Chapters included in our region are Minnesota, Wisconsin Green Building Alliance, West Michigan, Detroit Regional, Nebraska Flatwater, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Northwest Ohio, Northeast Ohio, Central Ohio, Cincinnati Regional, Central Plains, Missouri Gateway, North...

In Advocacy and policy 08.1.2013

The West Region market briefs and state snapshots

The individuals at the core of USGBC’s chapter network represent the tremendous potential of a volunteer-driven organization. To leverage the intellectual capital that this community offers, an organization must be horizontally integrated, open and transparent, and it must also encourage the expression of creativity. The USGBC regions were created to help support and grow these fundamental concepts. The West Region is geographically very large, spanning from the border of Canada to the...

In Advocacy and policy 07.22.2013

The South Central region market briefs and state snapshots

The USGBC South Central Regional Committee (SCRC) encompasses a vast and diverse climatological, biological and geographical area stretching across four states: Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and part of New Mexico. It’s a big place, especially when one realizes that Texas is as large as France. Culturally, socioeconomically and demographically, it is as complex as it is diverse. Our region, represented by six chapters, has created opportunities for collaboration and the freedom to explore...

In Advocacy and policy 07.12.2013

Bringing together the Big Four

II joined the Southwest Florida Branch of USGBC’s Florida Gulf Coast Chapter in 2011 with a particular enthusiasm for improving our community’s appreciation of the true value of greener real estate. I’m a realtor in one of America’s hottest residential marketplaces, and recently earned my NAR Green Designee – a realtor’s credential for understanding the green home marketplace. But it’s still a chicken-and-egg problem down here on the peninsula… so many green homes, but so little information...

In Advocacy and policy 07.2.2013
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Delaware establishes advisory group on green building policy

The checkerboard floors of the Delaware State Senate were busy with activity well after midnight on June 30—yes, Sunday night—during the final hours of the 2013 legislative session. The Legislature considered a wide range of measures this spring, and it decided this past weekend to also establish a new committee to advise the state on green building policy. With all the triple bottom line benefits that green buildings have to offer, there’s no wonder the state sees value in exploring ways to...

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