Brenden McEneaney

Read a review of our California advocacy successes from 2017.

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 water conservation and reuse, greener and more affordable housing, green infrastructure financing and sustainability districts, PACE, climate action and more. In September, we reported that we were successful with nine of our 14 priority bills.

In addition, the legislature passed and the governor signed a big update to the state’s carpet recycling program, which is expected not only to divert more material away from landfills, but also to help achieve the state's greenhouse gas reduction goals. We’re also getting new light bulb efficiency standards on January 1, 2018. Check out NRDC’s updated light bulb buying guide.

In parallel, we have strengthened our relationships with key state agencies, spread the word about exemplary green building project activity statewide, connected with Governor Jerry Brown and echoed support for his leadership at COP23 and made another big splash with our annual Green Hard Hat Awards.

We have also streamlined documentation for LEED Building Design and Construction projects in California with pre-approval for projects that comply with CALGreen for all LEED v4 BD+C prerequisites and up to six LEED points.

In addition, we made a commitment at USGBC to listen to our members and partners, and to share our progress regularly. Our monthly California Policy Corner has been a big hit with our networks, and we look forward to continuing it into 2018. We hope you have enjoyed keeping up with our extensive green building policy activities.

As you go home for the holidays, we invite you to share your views. What went well in our 2017 advocacy program? How can USGBC best support your green building and sustainability work in 2018 through advocacy and policy? Take our survey, open through January 31.

2017 archive of the California Policy Corner

April: Driving progress at all levels

May: May advocacy update

June: Green Hard Hat Awards and advancing legislation

July: Big news for climate action and codes

August: It's August and the legislature is back

September: Leadership from Sacramento

October: Out of ashes, hope

November: The Golden State shines in Boston and Fiji

Happy holidays to you and yours, and thank you for all you do to support USGBC, green building and LEED in California.

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