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USGBC Supported Legislation Highlighted in Senate Energy Hearing

Today the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee continued its efforts to craft energy legislation that can gain bipartisan support in the Senate by hearing testimony on key green building and efficiency legislation.

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Pinpointing the Best Stringency Level for a Green Construction Code

In my last post I gave a very simple answer to the question, "How stringent should a first-ever model green construction code be?" In sum, the answer is that it should be above current code (but not too far), fully recognizing that these decisions will be the result of important community discussions (like this very in-depth and continually evolving conversation in New York City

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Learning to Speak Green: Urban Green Council Conference Highlights Successful Green Messaging

Ever feel tongue tied when you are out there advocating for green buildings?

How do you explain the environmental, health and financial benefits of green buildings to the media? To your mom? What about to a local union rep, or a school teacher? What kind of story do you tell?

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Building Industry and Environmentalists to Congress: This is How to Encourage Better Buildings

A few weeks ago USGBC, along with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Real Estate Roundtable, spearheaded the development of a letter sent to several key Senators on proposed changes to the tax deduction for energy-efficient commercial facilities, as put forth by President Obama as a component of the Better Buildings Initiative.

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Education Week Features New Report on Green Schools from USGBC and AIA

In the latest issue of Education Week , American education’s newspaper of record, Katie Ash reports on the benefits of green schools to budgets and students. "Local Leaders in Sustainability: Special Report from Sundance," which came out this month and highlights green schools benefits and a five-point plan of action for local leaders to green schools in their communities, is featured along with co-authors Vice President of National Policy at USGBC Jason Hartke and Director of Local Relations at the American Institute of Architects Brooks Rainwater.

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How Stringent Should a First-Ever Model Green Construction Code Be?

You can probably guess that the question of "how far to go?" with this first-of-its-kind national model green construction code attracts a lot of varied answers. In fact, this may be the biggest and most unanswered question surrounding green building code development.

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Green building boom at Turner Construction

Marc Gunther
Re-posted from www.MarcGunther.com

If you doubt that green buildings are a very big deal, talk to Michael Deane.

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Existing Buildings Seeing New Tenant Interest and Increased Savings with LEED

Is there a bright spot in this recession? Related to buildings, particularly, one would be hard-pressed to find one as most new construction markets have either slowed considerably or stalled completely. Given the downturn, more building owners and managers are seeking ways to improve their existing properties both to attract and retain tenants and to realize savings from energy and other retrofits. A bright spot? Perhaps.

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USGBC Urges Restored Funding for Critical Data Program

Today USBGC along with more than 70 organizations, companies and advocacy organizations sent a letter to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees urging that Congress restore funding for 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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Announcing the 2011 Center for Green Schools UTC Fellows

The Center for Green Schools and United Technologies Corporation are pleased to announce that the 2011 Green Schools Fellows have been selected for placement at Boston Public Schools (BPS) and Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD). Phoebe Beierle, an experienced Massachusetts green schools advocate, will be joining the staff of BPS this July.

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