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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...

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

It’s mid-summer in beautiful California, but that hasn’t stopped our policy and advocacy work to advance USGBC’s mission. In last month’s update, I...

Published on 29 Aug 2017 Written by Kevin Keene Posted in Advocacy and policy

In USGBC's series on cap and trade in California, we've covered the recent 10-year extension, as well as...

Published on 14 Aug 2017 Written by Kevin Keene Posted in Advocacy and policy

The California legislature recently passed a 10-year extension to cap and trade. With the graphics below, USGBC gives you a closer look at the proportion of emissions being...

Published on 31 Jul 2017 Written by Cindy Zork Posted in Advocacy and policy

Local and state leaders across Virginia are continuing to commit support for the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement.

This July, AIA Virginia released a ...

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

The state legislature’s July 21 recess created a crunch time for policymaking for much of June and July, during which USGBC worked hard to advance bills at the state level and promote our green building message. A major measure to pump billions of dollars into transportation upgrades,...

Published on 28 Jul 2017 Written by Kevin Keene Posted in Advocacy and policy

Success in the legislature

After weeks of negotiations in the California legislature, the Senate and Assembly passed an extension to cap and trade on...

Published on 26 Jul 2017 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

This article was co-authored by Katharine Burgess, Director, Urban Resilience at the Urban Land Institute, and Cooper Martin, Program Director, Sustainable Cities Institute, ...

Published on 21 Jul 2017 Written by Wes Sullens Posted in Advocacy and policy

The GreenerBuilder conference on July 13 was a festive, information-packed summit full of leaders from the USGBC Northern...

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