USGBC's Senior Policy Counsel, Elizabeth Beardsley, will be among six witnesses testifying to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy on Friday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. EDT. The subcommittee falls under the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Beardsley will share research on the role the building sector needs to play in meeting climate goals and the steps Congress can take to support the industry’s decarbonization and adoption of green building practices.
The latest IPCC report calls for buildings to be part of a “rapid and far-reaching” transformation if the risks associated with a changing climate are to be addressed. Beardsley's testimony will outline recommendations that incentivize change, as well as ways Congress can support local governments and the private sector in transitioning to greener buildings, cities and communities.
For more than 25 years, USGBC’s LEED green building program has been a framework for helping buildings and spaces transition to a more sustainable path. Green building supports economic development and conserves resources, as well as prioritizing practices that improve personal health and well-being.
The federal government’s own green building practices have delivered tremendous savings and improvements. The General Services Administration reported that its own green building efforts helped avoid more than $250 million in energy and water costs between 2008 and 2014. In Puerto Rico, following the devastation from Hurricane Maria, the Alvarez-Diaz and Villalon office—a renovated green building—was fully functional within a few days and became an informal community gathering place, as well as a temporary command center.
At the hearing, Beardsley will be joined by Carl Elefante, FAIA, 2018 American Institute of Architects President; Steven Nadel, Executive Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy; Timothy Keane, International Vice President At-Large, International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers; Curtis J. Zimmermann, Ph.D., Manager and Government Liaison, BASF Corporation; and Arn McIntyre, President, McIntyre Builders Inc., on behalf of the National Association of Home Builders.
The testimony will be available via livestream.