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Grab Your Camera and Tell Us: What’s NEXT?

When I envision the future, I see a world in which the benefits of green building are experienced everywhere: From Houston to Haiti, from rural villages to bustling metropolises, from homes to high-rises.

That's my idea for what's next in green building and global success. What is yours?

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Breaking News: New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman and ABC News Political Commentator Cokie Roberts to Tackle Building Resiliency at Greenbuild

The Greenbuild speaker roster is shaping up to be an incredible one! We just received confirmation that Thomas Friedman and Cokie Roberts will join the diverse roster of thought leaders and innovators at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Toronto.

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House Appropriators Signal Support for Commercial Building Energy Survey

Last week brought good news in the efforts to restart the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), a national survey that gathers statistical information on U.S. commercial buildings, at the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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New Fact Sheet: Principles for reforming the tax deduction for efficient commercial buildings to create 77,000 new jobs and slash energy bills

Today USGBC released a fact sheet on the principles for reforming the existing tax deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings, Section 179D, which have united the commercial building industry and environmental advocates in their push to create jobs and slash commercial building energy consumption. These reforms could create 77,000 jobs across the US economy.

You can view the fact sheet here.

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Code Cracking 101: Yes, You Can Help Update Standard 189.1

As I mentioned in my last post, it's public review season for green building codes, standards and rating systems! Released in early 2010 as a fully-published ANSI standard, Standard 189.1* has been something of a constant amidst the past year's public review process for the International Green Construction Code (IGCC).

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Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Advances USGBC-Supported Building Efficiency Measure

On Thursday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee took the next step in advancing key building efficiency legislation by reporting favorably S. 1000, the "Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act," introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to the Senate.

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White House Recognizes Kids Leading Green Schools Movement

A diverse group of young people who are advancing green schools within their communities were recently invited to meet with White House officials and offer insight into the role of youth in the green schools movement. Every week, the White House recognizes a group of local leaders who are helping America win the future as Champions of Change, and this week's award highlights the efforts of student green school leaders who are inspiring larger community action.

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It’s Green Building Code, Standard and Rating System Public Review Season!

Sharpen your #2 pencils and get out your thick red pen. There's a lot going on this summer in the technical development of green building codes, standards and rating systems, and we need your input.

We'll put up some more detail about each of these processes in the near future, but here's a quick overview of what's to come:

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Congressional Green Schools Caucus Hosts Green Schools Leaders

Representatives Ben Chandler (KY-6), Robert Dold (IL-10) and Jim Matheson (UT-2), the co-chairs of the bi-partisan Congressional Green Schools Caucus, sponsored a briefing on Monday, July 11, to educate their colleagues on the significant financial savings greening our nation's schools can have for school district budgets and the taxpayers who fund them.

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Congressmen Bass and Tonko Seek to Restore Funds to Key Department of Energy Programs

UPDATE: The amendment failed.

As Congressional leaders and the Obama Administration continue to negotiate over long term deficit reduction and the raising of the federal deficit ceiling, the U.S. House of Representatives this week is considering the funding for the Energy and Water Appropriations.

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