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December 2011

Published on December 22, 2011 Written by Anonymous Posted in Industry
The iconic U.S. Treasury Building earns LEED Gold certification

This is a moment to step back and applaud what has been done. Because the project certified under Existing Buildings, the certification was based on actual energy, water and steam consumption (bills) and not a projection.

This $3.5 million dollars is real money that the Treasury is keeping in the treasury.

The announcement is even...

Published on December 22, 2011 Written by Anonymous Posted in LEED

One of America's most iconic buildings earned LEED for Existing Buildings yesterday. By improving their operations, the Department of Treasury's headquarters next to the White house has slashed energy, steam and water consumption to save taxpayers $3.5 million per year. The oldest LEED building ever certified also increased their office density...

Published on December 21, 2011 Written by Anisa Heming Posted in Center for Green Schools

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Boston, Mass. and Sacramento, Ca. to visit our two Center for Green Schools fellows at their respective school districts.

The first half of the week was spent in Boston, where Phoebe Beierle is immersing herself...

Published on December 21, 2011 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

Congress recently passed the 2012 authorization bill for the Department of Defense (DoD) and included a provision that bans LEED certification at the Platinum and Gold level for DoD buildings. To be clear, this provision is irrational and misguided at best, and deliberately problematic for the leaders in the defense agencies at worst. But...

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