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Published on 05 Dec 2017 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

USGBC has submitted a public comment urging the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration to keep in place the current greenhouse gas (GHG) measure for federal highways. This...

Published on 04 Dec 2017 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of legislation that would revamp and update the land cleanup program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

H.R. 3017, “...

Published on 30 Nov 2017 Written by Brenden McEneaney Posted in Advocacy and policy

‘Tis the season for family, community, giving thanks and giving back. We’re thankful for the support from so many outstanding members, partners and volunteers helping to move green building forward in California. We hope you will continue giving the gift of your time, expertise...

Published on 16 Nov 2017 Written by Elizabeth Beardsley Posted in Advocacy and policy

At COP23 this week in Bonn, Germany, a new report was released showing the cumulative impact of commitments by U.S. states, cities and businesses to take affirmative action to mitigate climate change.

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Published on 15 Nov 2017 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

This week, the U.S. House Energy and Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing to discuss draft...

Published on 07 Nov 2017 Written by Elizabeth Beardsley Posted in Advocacy and policy

This week unveils not only Greenbuild Boston, but also the start of the two-week long 23rd annual Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (“...

Published on 31 Oct 2017 Written by Brenden McEneaney Posted in Advocacy and policy

The recent wildfires in Northern California give us a lot to think about, as we live on the western edge of this North American continent. Disasters challenge us to think holistically about sustainability, livability, preparedness and recovery. They compel us to care for our neighbors and urge...

Published on 27 Oct 2017 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

A new report from the Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy shows how the tax reform legislation currently...

Published on 16 Oct 2017 Written by Jennifer Gunby Posted in Advocacy and policy

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released its 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard (it previously released a...

Published on 12 Oct 2017 Written by Elizabeth Beardsley Posted in Advocacy and policy

The fate of the Clean Power Plan, the federal regulation of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel electric power plants, has taken a turn for the worse this month. The EPA has issued a...

Published on 10 Oct 2017 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

The Ocean State has taken a big step toward embracing sustainable development and landscapes. Building on the state’s eight-year legacy of green public buildings policy, the Rhode Island legislature has passed a bill to expand its coverage to include public lands.

The Senate passed...

Published on 05 Oct 2017 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

A new USGBC policy case study recounts a decade of green building policy leadership in New Mexico, a state that is probably better known for its...

Published on 29 Sep 2017 Written by Brenden McEneaney Posted in Advocacy and policy

Things moved quickly in Sacramento once the legislature concluded its summer recess. After a spring that was consumed with narrowing down a list of nearly 2,500 bills, and then focusing legislative attention on the budget, a transportation package and the extension of the cap-and-trade program,...

Published on 28 Sep 2017 Written by Elizabeth Beardsley Posted in Advocacy and policy

Your mission

As we celebrate World Green Building Week, we challenge you: Make your next project a "green building hero" by pushing it toward zero carbon.

Earlier this year, USGBC joined with the World...

Published on 28 Sep 2017 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

USGBC’s third quarterly roundup of the top research and news on residential green building offers a look at a multifamily benchmarking effort by the U.S. Department of Energy, some advice on marketing green features when selling your home, a study on the cost of multifamily affordable...

Published on 21 Sep 2017 Written by Danielle Makous Posted in Advocacy and policy

This Mon., September 25, kicks off World Green Building Week (WGBW), an annual event that highlights the role buildings play in the fight against climate change. USGBC is again partnering with the...

Published on 18 Sep 2017 Written by Elizabeth Beardsley Posted in Advocacy and policy

Today marks the start of Climate Week NYC, the annual convening of business and government leaders to share strategies for fighting climate change. USGBC will be there, sharing our expertise and learning from our sister organizations....

Published on 13 Sep 2017 Written by Nick Brousse Posted in Advocacy and policy

You’re committed to maximizing energy efficiency and minimizing your environmental footprint. You know green buildings reduce energy and water use and operating costs, and can improve occupant health and productivity. But one question lingers as you begin your construction project or home...

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