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Green Building Legislative Compromises Could Help Ease Concerns over LEED Creep

Nassau County on Long Island is on the verge of requiring project teams to adhere to LEED when constructing new county buildings or renovating existing county buildings. However, the proposed legislation will not require the county to apply for any level of LEED certification from USGBC. According to New York Newsday, Nassau Commissioner of Public […]

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Wastewater Treatment at the Solaire & Proposed NYC Incentives for Water Conservation

New York City is considering a capital incentive that would reimburse developers for each gallon of water that they conserve above a one thousand gallon per day yearly average. Dave Praeger (author of the recently-published Poop Culture, a book that discusses, among other things, the environmental impact of wastewater and sewage) toured the Solaire in […]

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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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Revisions to Wicks Law Stall; Albany Vows to Push Forward

Back in March, gbNYC joined various industry leaders in calling on Albany to repeal the Wicks Law, anachronistic 1920s-era legislation that requires municipal owners in the State of New York, including New York City, to use four separate contractors on any construction project greater than $50,000 for general construction, plumbing and gas fitting, heating and […]

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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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Colorado County Considers Hybrid Green Building Standard / Square Footage Restriction Amendment to Land Use Code

On Monday, Streetsblog reviewed Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning by George Monbiot, a columnist at the UK newspaper Guardian. In it, Monbiot sets forth what Streetsblog calls a “215-page brisk and compelling case for why we should all be very worried.” The book posits that in order to prevent environmental degradation on […]

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Nevada Assembly Passes Compromise Green Building Tax Bill

Pursuant to Governor Jim Gibbons’ executive order, issued a couple of weeks ago, the Nevada State Assembly unanimously passed AB621 on Saturday. The legislation will halve the financial hit on state coffers from Nevada’s green building property tax abatement program by reducing the maximum abatement to thirty-five percent. The abatement will now only be applicable […]

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