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USGBC’s Greenbuild Conference Underway in Chicago

As you’re probably well aware, Greenbuild got underway yesterday in Chicago with Bill Clinton’s keynote address. USGBC timed the relaunch of its website with this year’s conference, as well as the launch of a new green building educational resource called Greenbuild (365), which is also offering a Greenbuild blog and streaming video of conference speakers and presentations. We’ll […]

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LEED-AP Designation Not Just for A/E/C

It’s no surprise that this week’s edition of Crain’s reports an increasing number of real estate brokers, marketing professionals, and, yes, lawyers, who are sitting for the U.S. Green Building Council’s exam in pursuit of the LEED Accredited Professional (“LEED-AP”) designation. (The article is not yet available online). Depending on the industry, though, professionals are […]

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Is LEED Legislation- Whether Public or Private- Undemocratic?

In an article written earlier this week, Dan Walters, a columnist at the Sacramento Bee, articulated his concerns over a LEED-driven green public building regulatory scheme by calling such legislation “part of a broader legislative tendency to avoid tough policy decisions by shifting them to unaccountable outside organizations.” Walters was writing with respect to California’s […]

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Second Long Island County on Verge of Mandating LEED for Public Projects

It appears that Nassau County on Long Island is about to mandate LEED for public projects greater than 5,000 square feet or budgeted at $1 million or more. County Executive Thomas Suozzi announced at a press conference on Monday in Mineola that his proposal (also sponsored by legislators from Merrick and Oceanside) was approved by […]

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List of Green Building “Firsts” Emphasizes Need for LEED V3

The June 2007 issue of Urban Land included a list of ten “green building firsts”, ranging from a LEED Certified police station in San Diego to a Gold convent (designed by Perkins Eastman) in Corapolis, Pennsylvania. As Charles Lockwood noted in the introduction to his piece, the diversity of projects- both by use and geographic […]

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Nevada Governor Vetoes Bill Suspending Green Property Tax Abatement Program

On Monday, Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons (R) vetoed SB567, which legislators passed earlier this month to suspend the state’s green building property tax abatement program. Gibbons simultaneously issued an executive order directing state lawmakers to create a new program before the end of their session on June 4. Gibbons commented that his veto was grounded […]

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