Advocacy

Our Advocacy Interest Group is led by Chapter Volunteers Kate Bubriski of Arrowstreet and John Dimodica of NORESCO. Please email Kate or John if you'd be interested in supporting our efforts to advocate for more green buildings.

USGBC MA is a champion for green buildings and sustainability in our communities.

We convene stakeholders to promote green building (and sustainable community) friendly legislation, initiatives, and local regulations.


Current priorites on the state-wide front include the following issues:

PACE

February 20, 2015 UPDATE:

Our PACE stakeholder focus group—made up of around 12 organizations and trade groups, primarily with environmental, labor, and economic development interests—is gaining momentum and working towards strengthening support for this year’s legislation. We are working with Senator Joyce’s office to bring in other co-sponsors up until the bill is brought out of committee. We are also collaborating with the Climate Action Business Group (CABA) to have a public forum around PACE financing and its relationship to resiliency planning. As one of our key advocacy issues for 2015 we will be focusing on PACE at our next Green Breakfast Series which is currently scheduled for the 3rd week in March. 

Net Zero

February 20, 2015 UPDATE:

The current version of the Act promoting zero net-energy buildings in the Commonwealth by Senator Eldridge is gaining more co-sponsors, and is targeting a more stringent path to Net Zero Building Codes. The advocacy team is continuing to expand our network of support around this issue, and as one of our key advocacy issues for 2015 we will be focusing on Net Zero Code at our next Green Breakfast Series which is currently scheduled for the 3rd week in March.

Net Metering

February 20, 2015 UPDATE:

Our advocacy team is following the progress of the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Task Force on Net Metering. Among the issues the task force is examining are the potential impacts of a minimum bill for Massachusetts ratepayers and its impact on reaching the statewide goal of 1,600MW of solar. The task force has outlined 5 primary tasks to accomplish which you can see in detail here: consulting team status update and task presentation; the task force also provides a Table of policy options and a draft of the task 1 report. As one of our key advocacy issues for 2015 we will be focusing on Net Metering at our next Green Breakfast Series which is currently scheduled for the 3rd week in March.

Past priorities, which are in a "hibernation mode" at this time, include:

  • Massachusetts Stretch Code
  • Statewide Building Benchmarking

Recent successes include:

  • Greening the MLS
  • Building Energy Benchmarking 
    • in Boston: Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO)
    • in Cambridge: Building Energy Use Disclosure Ordinance (BEUDO)
  • LEED Requirement for the Massachusetts Convention & Exhibition Center Expansion

 

At the National level, we participate with the USGBC on a variety of campaigns. This includes defending LEED as a system for enhancing the value of institutional buildings, supporting the evolution of the LEED rating system, and engaging with industry stakeholders to facilitate our vision of green buildings for everyone within a generation.

You can read more about these at the USGBC national website.

Our efforts are spread out among our many committees, including our Residential Green Building Committee and our Green Schools Committee.