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Published on 21 May 2018 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

Although the City of Cincinnati’s strong commitment to sustainable building practices may come as a surprise to an outsider, to a resident of the city, it is no secret that they are leading the charge in green building development.

In the new...

Published on 16 May 2018 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 calls for governments, nonprofits, private sector actors and the public to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

The effects of climate...

Published on 10 May 2018 Written by Mathew Sanders Posted in Advocacy and policy

Louisiana is a disaster-prone state. The state’s Office of Community Development (OCD) manages a federally funded long-term recovery portfolio that will soon exceed $17 billion, stemming from hurricanes...

Published on 09 May 2018 Written by Ian Tierney Posted in Advocacy and policy

Even as the people of Hawaii react to the recent eruption of the Kilauea volcano, they also face the coming threat of hurricane season, which can turn beautiful weather into a deadly storm in a matter of hours. Just as the timing of volcanic eruptions are unpredictable, the incidence of major...

Published on 07 May 2018 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with H.R.4, with a wide bipartisan vote margin. Along with extending aviation-...

Published on 27 Apr 2018 Written by Iain Hyde Posted in Advocacy and policy

In recent years, the number of annual weather and climate disaster events causing at least $1 billion in damages has been on the rise in the U.S. In 2015, there were 10 different disasters, each exceeding $1 billion in impact throughout the United States. In...

Published on 26 Apr 2018 Written by Maren Taylor Posted in Advocacy and policy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking letters of interest for a funding program to help state and local governments, tribes, partnerships and other entities construct and upgrade water infrastructure projects.

The...

Published on 24 Apr 2018 Written by Maren Taylor Posted in Advocacy and policy

Cities and states are always looking for ways to more efficiently and effectively deliver public services, such as flood management, resource conservation, pollution prevention and actions that foster equity and enhance human health. Traditional approaches to infrastructure have helped manage...

Published on 19 Apr 2018 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

The third Sustainable Development Goal, "Good Health and Well-being," aims to ensure healthy lives for people of all ages.

Healthy populations around the world rely upon sustainable development, and although this goal has...

Published on 11 Apr 2018 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations (U.N.) in September 2015 to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030...

Published on 10 Apr 2018 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

As part of our sharpened focus on resilience-enhancing tactics, USGBC has developed the brief Profiles of Resilience: LEED in Practice. This brief details...

Published on 04 Apr 2018 Written by Lona Hankins Posted in Advocacy and policy

After the shock of a disaster has abated, the community begins to think about restoring normalcy. Bringing back school operation is a top priority, since it allows faculty and staff to get back to work and brings students back to the city. But this can take time. After Hurricane Katrina, for...

Published on 03 Apr 2018 Written by Maren Taylor Posted in Advocacy and policy

Energy efficiency scored a big win last month in Virginia. The...

Published on 02 Apr 2018 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

Cities can be defined by their details: A farmers market selling local produce in a neighborhood park. A bridge in disrepair leading out of town. A sidewalk filled with people headed to work via light rail. Small details like these are undeniably linked to form a unique, complex metropolis. To...

Published on 30 Mar 2018 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

USGBC’s first quarterly roundup of 2018 shares the top research on residential green building. This installment offers a look at the recent Capital-E study on urban resilience, another study on opportunities for low-income residents to improve their energy efficiency, a report on the...

Published on 29 Mar 2018 Written by Brenden McEneaney Posted in Advocacy and policy

Despite a wet March, during which some big storms hit the Sierra, the United States Drought Monitor is reflecting what we Californians know—that water, again, is in short supply. What’s...

Published on 26 Mar 2018 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

Last week, the President signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by Congress. This law funds the federal government for the current fiscal year—FY2018—that is now about half over. Agencies now have the full year's funding that allows them to proceed with approved projects.

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Published on 23 Mar 2018 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the most significant overhaul of the American tax system in three decades. The $1.5 trillion package includes significant changes to corporate and individual tax structures that will impact investment decisions around the United States and abroad....

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