Progress On The Green Building Front

Even with the challenges in Washington there can be some progress on the Green Building front. In that regard, on February 24th the US Green Building Council released its "Top 10 List"of legislation and pending legislation in an effort to highlight areas of agreement (and potential agreement) that can positively impact the real estate community – buildings – and their impact on the environment.


The Top 10 list includes: HOUSE


  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – Public Law
  • The American Clean Energy and Security Act – Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
  • The 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act – Ben Chandler (D-Ky.)
  • The Expanding Building Efficiency Act – Dave Reichert (R-Wash.)
  • The Property Assessed Clean Energy Tax Benefits Act – John Sarbanes (D-Md.)
  • An Act to Enhance Private Financing for Clean Energy Technology Deployment – Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)
  • The Energy Efficiency Modernization Act of 2009 – Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio)
  • The Water Accountability Tax Efficiency Reinvestment (WATER) Act – Michael Coffman (R-Colo.)
  • The Livable Communities Act of 2010 – Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) **pending introduction**
  • The Federal Personnel Training Act of 2010 – Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) **pending introduction**




  • The Clean Energy and American Jobs Act – John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
  • The American Clean Energy and Leadership Act – Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
  • Energy Efficiency in Housing Act (EEHA) of 2009 – Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
  • The Livable Communities Act of 2009 – Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.)
  • The Expanding Building Efficiency Incentives Act of 2009 – Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)
  • The School Building Fairness Act – Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)
  • Clean Energy for Homes and Buildings Act of 2009 – Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.)
  • The Energy Efficiency Modernization Act of 2009 – Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
  • The Water Accountability Tax Efficiency Reinvestment (WATER) Act of 2009 – Mark Udall (D-Colo.)
  • The Federal Agency Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2009 – Susan Collins (R-Maine)

Green Buildings save energy, water, money. They can have a material impact on our nations efforts to combat Climate Change.

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