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December 2013

Published on December 20, 2013 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy
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With only a few short weeks before the New Year, the House and Senate completed a series of important legislative milestones including the bipartisan budget deal. With this budget deal in place, the House and Senate Appropriations Committee will begin to formally negotiate over the holiday recess by dividing up some $498.1 billion...

Published on December 19, 2013 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

I’m inspired by the many people I meet who are committed to the idea that green building design, construction and operations will change the world. The market’s uptake alone is reason enough to be sure that we really are having an impact, with already nearly...

Published on December 13, 2013 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

For green building policy geeks like us, King County, Washington, is as cool as it gets.  And, my dear geeky friends, they’re at it again.

This week, County Executive Dow Constantine’s proposal to upgrade the existing green building ordinance (and commit an even wider range of county buildings to the highest...

Published on December 4, 2013 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy
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Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced three Better Buildings Accelerator programs. USGBC Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law Roger Platt and I were in attendance at the White House events. Driving better building practice is central to USGBC’s work, so it’s no surprise that the program launch took time to...