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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released, on Feb. 24, 2010, a list of 19 proposed federal bills that it says would advance sustainable building in the U.S. USGBC also praised the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AR

RA) and honored Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine for their efforts to support and pass support sustainable building standards.

U.S. Green Building Council, LEED CERTIFIED logo, 2009

In a prepared statement, Roger Platt, Senior Vice President  at USGBC, asserted that green building is one of the most “promising solutions to critical global issues such as climate change, resource depletion and dependence on foreign energy sources.” He added that the bills USGBC is supporting “will create jobs and pump money into our economy.”

The organization praised Congress for passing ARRA last year, noting that the act is funding $22 billion in energy efficiency projects, with $346 million going specifically to energy-efficient building technologies.

USGBC is urging Congress to pass 9 House bills and 10 Senate bills in 2010. The House bills USGBC is supporting are:

  • 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**

And in the Senate:

  • 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)

“Energy efficiency has emerged as one of the most effective and expeditious actions that can be taken to preserve valuable resources for producers and consumers,” said Sen. Snowe in a prepared statement.  “I am pleased to work with Senators Feinstein and Bingaman to build upon the success of past tax credits and provide critical energy efficiency tax incentives that will spark innovation in our housing and commercial building sector.”

View the USGBC Release

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