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Published on 14 Aug 2017 Written by Kevin Keene Posted in Advocacy and policy

The California legislature recently passed a 10-year extension to cap and trade. With the graphics below, USGBC gives you a closer look at the proportion of emissions being...

Published on 31 Jul 2017 Written by Cindy Zork Posted in Advocacy and policy

Local and state leaders across Virginia are continuing to commit support for the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement.

This July, AIA Virginia released a ...

Published on 31 Jul 2017 Written by Brenden McEneaney Posted in Advocacy and policy

The state legislature’s July 21 recess created a crunch time for policymaking for much of June and July, during which USGBC worked hard to advance bills at the state level and promote our green building message. A major measure to pump billions of dollars into transportation upgrades,...

Published on 28 Jul 2017 Written by Kevin Keene Posted in Advocacy and policy

Success in the legislature

After weeks of negotiations in the California legislature, the Senate and Assembly passed an extension to cap and trade on...

Published on 26 Jul 2017 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

This article was co-authored by Katharine Burgess, Director, Urban Resilience at the Urban Land Institute, and Cooper Martin, Program Director, Sustainable Cities Institute, ...

Published on 21 Jul 2017 Written by Wes Sullens Posted in Advocacy and policy

The GreenerBuilder conference on July 13 was a festive, information-packed summit full of leaders from the USGBC Northern...

Published on 20 Jul 2017 Written by Jennifer Gunby Posted in Advocacy and policy

Every year, a National Green Building Adoption Index is published by CBRE, in partnership...

Published on 19 Jul 2017 Written by Kate Cornelius Posted in Advocacy and policy

Early in 2017, USGBC Central Pennsylvania embarked on an advocacy initiative unlike any other they had before. Dubbed “Icehouse Demonstration Day: Unfreeze Pennsylvania Energy Codes,” the event's goal...

Published on 17 Jul 2017 Written by Skip Wiltshire-Go... Posted in Advocacy and policy

2017 has been another landmark year for energy and environmental policy in the Hawaii state legislature. At the end of legislative session, a new set of bills raised the bar even higher for clean and efficient energy in buildings statewide. Also, in June, the state became the first in the union...

Published on 14 Jul 2017 Written by Curt Ledford Posted in Advocacy and policy

The Nevada legislature may have adjourned until 2019, but the recent legislative session saw the successful passage of several of USGBC Nevada’s priority bills. Thanks to a successful day of ...

Published on 14 Jul 2017 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

Globally, nationally and in the states, 2017 has introduced both uncertainty and renewed enthusiasm for the future of climate action policy and finance. The next week provides an important opportunity for California to emerge, once again, as a global leader... but not without your help.

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Published on 11 Jul 2017 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

Feature image: Brenden McEneaney, Commissioner McAllister, Senator Wiener, Senator Skinner, Wes Sullens and Jeremy Sigmon. Photo courtesy of California Energy Commission.

We recently recognized the achievements of two of California’s state leaders...

Published on 30 Jun 2017 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

The Advocacy team has added to its suite of resources with the new Advocacy playlist on...

Published on 26 Jun 2017 Written by Nick Brousse Posted in Advocacy and policy

USGBC's second quarterly roundup of the top research and news on residential green building offers a new green and energy-efficient home appraisal tool, a lively primer on the Low-Income...

Published on 21 Jun 2017 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

Feature image: Senator Kevin De León receives his Green Hard Hat in 2013. Photo credit: California Energy Commission.

Once a year, USGBC takes time to honor California’s outstanding leaders in green building at the state government level. First launched in 2011...

Published on 20 Jun 2017 Written by Brenden McEneaney Posted in Advocacy and policy

Budget and green legislation

After clearing a series of legislative deadlines in April and May, seven of the eight green building bills USGBC is supporting are charging forward, although California’s bold new attempt at a cap-and-trade bill did not advance. All the while, Gov...

Published on 14 Jun 2017 Written by Nick Brousse Posted in Advocacy and policy

USGBC believes in green buildings for all. We are pleased to see Pennsylvania join a growing list of states to include LEED...

Published on 12 Jun 2017 Written by Alysson Blackwelder Posted in Advocacy and policy

At this year’s Better Buildings Summit, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy from May 15–17 in Washington, D.C., public and private stakeholders seized the opportunity to share their challenges and successes in...

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