Marisa Long

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Oct. 3, 2018 – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today applauded the Senate and House of Representatives for passing a five-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill that includes substantial reforms of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance programs.

USGBC, creator of the LEED green building rating system, the leading program for green buildings and communities worldwide, congratulated Congress for including provisions in the bill that will make the nation’s communities, citizens and infrastructure better prepared and more resilient to the impacts of natural disasters and other catastrophic events.

The provisions that USGBC singled out for praise encourage more resilient rebuilding of damaged or destroyed infrastructure in the aftermath of disasters and also improve federal agency coordination on preparedness and assessment of vulnerabilities and resilience strategies.

“All Americans will benefit from the parts of the legislation that encourage implementation of cost-saving, hazard-and-disaster mitigation efforts at the national, state and local levels,” said Taryn Holowka, senior vice president of marketing, communications and advocacy for USGBC. “Focusing more on resilience in construction and planning is the best way to save not only lives and property but also save taxpayers considerable amounts of money that now go into disaster responses."

Read USGBC letters in support of the bill and its key provisions:

Disaster Mitigation Letter to Senate Leaders

Supporting DRRA Building Code Provisions