Local Advocacy Priorities

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. These efforts are spearheaded by our Advocacy Committee, which is led by Chapter Volunteer Emma Corbalan of MIT. 

Current Advocacy Priorites on the state-wide front include:

  • Net Zero Energy Buildings - How do we create policy frameworks which support a net-positive future?
  • Carbon Pricing - How can we implement the true cost of fossil fuels to correct the market for clean tech and high performance design?
  • Climate Adaptation Management Planning - How will we prepare for a changing environment, sea level rise and other concerns relating to building design and resilience?

Ongoing Advocacy Priorities:

Past priorities from 2016 included:

  • Net Metering Improvements - Bill S.1770, S.1973

    • The USGBC MA Chapter supported enhancements to the state's Net Metering laws to encourage more renewable energy production deployment, particularly through Bills S.1770 and H. 2852.
    • With the aim of maintaining a sustainable solar industry in Massachusetts, the USGBC MA Board endorsed the Acadia Center's Next Generation Solar Policy Framework for Massachusetts, which proposed a comprehensive solar policy plan for the state.
  • Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE) - Bill S.1774

    • The USGBC MA Chapter supported a comprehensive and improved commercial PACE program in Massachusetts under Bill S.1774. which would have allowed property investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy to be paid for through a long-term voluntary tax assessment. It also enabled property owners to utilize the PACE financing structure to support investments in resiliency features of qualifying facilities. PACE assessments would be repaid via the property tax bill on the property.
  • Net Zero Energy Building Codes (NZEB) Bill S.1771

    • Bill S.1771 was heard in the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, where our Chapter presented support for this legislation. The bill would have expanded net zero energy buildings in the Commonwealth.

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