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Published on 16 Feb 2018 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

This week, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Bloomberg New Energy Finance released its sixth annual ...

Published on 08 Feb 2018 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

The New Buildings Institute recently released its "Getting to Zero Status Update and List of Zero Energy (“ZE”) Projects for 2018." This compilation...

Published on 31 Jan 2018 Written by Brenden McEneaney Posted in Advocacy and policy

It’s the end of January, and probably the last comfortable time to say, “Happy New Year!” With 2018 activities already moving at a fast clip, it seems the restful holidays are a distant memory. Green building marches on, and USGBC thanks you for joining us on the journey.

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Published on 29 Jan 2018 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a Better Buildings webinar, "...

Published on 03 Jan 2018 Written by Jennifer Gunby Posted in Advocacy and policy

The year 2017 brought many state and local advocacy successes, and USGBC thanks our members, partners and volunteers across the United States who made them all possible. There are many great examples to choose from, too many to share in one article, but here are just a few highlights of our...

Published on 21 Dec 2017 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

On December 15, the Honorable Gina Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island, signed a law “showing that [Rhode Island] is serious about being green.”

The legislation updates the state’s Green Buildings Act, first adopted in 2009. The amended law now includes...

Published on 21 Dec 2017 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

In its biannual progress report, the U.S. Department of Energy recognized its partners in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program and found they have cumulatively seen billions of...

Published on 21 Dec 2017 Written by Brenden McEneaney Posted in Advocacy and policy

The end of 2017 marks a midpoint for the California legislature in its 20172018 biennium. As we move into the New Year, we will continue to carry the torch for advancing USGBC’s mission in Sacramento.

In 2017, that has meant working on public policy at the state level to promote...

Published on 20 Dec 2017 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

USGBC’s fourth quarterly roundup of the top research and news on residential green building offers a look at the annual Qualified Allocation Plan report by Global Green, proposed changes...

Published on 18 Dec 2017 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

Another year, another set of choices. Build a greener future, or add to the mounting challenges of our era, with untold expense, inequity and looming ecological disaster. The hard work of USGBC members, partners and LEED users underscores...

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

At the 23rd annual COP23 global climate conference in Bonn, Germany, the international community met to discuss steps for action on climate change following the historic...

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...

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