USGBC supports key resilience legislation with the new PREPARE Act | U.S. Green Building Council
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Today, I joined Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA) in a press conference call he hosted to introduce his new bipartisan legislation, the PREPARE Act (Preparedness and Risk management for Extreme weather Patterns Assuring Resilience). Joining several co-sponsors, Cartwright introduced the bill in the House on July 31, 2014.

The PREPARE Act makes us smarter, stronger and safer in the face of these increasing extreme weather events. We’ve all seen the tragic costs these events are having on people’s lives, our communities, and our economy.

“Addressing the threat of extreme weather requires a national approach. My zero-cost bill compels the federal government to form a comprehensive plan to prepare for the grave threat posed by extreme weather events,” Cartwright said.

Resilience is an important issue for USGBC members. We certainly understand the importance of forging a more resilient nation and making the country safer for all our buildings — our schools, our homes, our offices and our hospitals. 

And Congressman Cartwright’s bill is a key first step.

This legislation is all about taking strategic action. It will allow the federal government to coordinate and collaborate across federal agencies to make planning a priority, better assess and address risk, and manage plans. Together, it’s a bill that positions the country to mitigate risk, save money and protect people.

In the end, it’s a pretty simple calculus. Preparedness pays back. It makes business sense and, more importantly, it saves lives. We know that for every $1 spent on disaster preparedness, we save $4 in avoided costs. That’s a testament to the return on investment of these resiliency solutions. 

We commend Congressman Cartwright for taking leadership by introducing this bill. Those of us at USGBC stand strong behind him and we will work hard to help see the future passage of the PREPARE Act.