After weeks of media reports and conjecture about the direction and funding for federal agencies, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its plan for the proposed 2018 budget, which seeks to significantly alter the scope and direction of federal investments.
The administration’s proposed budget includes elimination of or deep cuts to vital programs that increase the U.S.’s global competitiveness, improve the efficiency of our businesses and protect public health. This includes cutting programs such as
- The Environmental Protections Agency (EPA)’s Energy Star, WaterSense, and Safer Choice, as well as myriad local government assistance programs;
- The Department of Energy’s activities to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy; and
- The State Department’s multilateral energy efficiency initiatives.
USGBC is working with Congress to preserve vital funding for these and other programs, but we need your help in demonstrating broad and diverse support, starting with these key programs at EPA. If you are approved to do so, please add your company or organization’s name to our our letter to help ensure that the Energy Star, WaterSense and Safer Choice programs at EPA continue.
With your support, we can preserve funding for programs that help to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves quality of life.