US Green Building Council- National Advocacy Priorities

At the National level, we participate with the USGBC on a variety of campaigns. This includes supporting LEED as a system for enhancing the value of 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. USGBC advances green building worldwide and we marshal the collective voice of our members and stakeholders to do just that in Massachusetts.  We encourage our members to connect to legislators and policymakers to support:

Green building policy at all levels of government—state and local, national, international.

  • MA actions include:
    • Active monitoring of Legislation related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, building codes, green building renovation financing, green education and resiliency by the Advocacy Committee at USGBC MA.
    • Boston, the first city in the nation to require green building standards through municipal zoning requirements called the Green Building Zoning (2007). Through Article 37, all large-scale projects are required to go through the USGBC LEED Certification process.

Better buildings through programs such as the Administration’s Better Buildings Initiative to retrofit our nation’s commercial buildings and pursue tax code changes that could unlock a huge number of jobs in commercial energy efficiency.

Incentives and financing that are crucial in promoting green building in our communities; rewarding developers and homeowners who choose to build green in design, construction and operations.

  • MA actions include:
    • The Chapter's Advocacy Committee is working hard to push the PACE Financing Bill S.1774 to expand the current PACE legislation to become a viable and useful PACE program.
    • USGBC MA is advocating with ELM for the 1% Green Budget for 2016 Fiscal year.

Green schools to transform all schools, from K-PhD into sustainable and healthy places to live, learn, work and play.

Green affordable housing to integrate sustainable buildings with the principles of social and economic justice.

Sustainable communities well positioned for responsible and responsive growth, while maintaining a high quality of human and environmental health.

Code adoption as an important regulatory tool for states and localities to define minimum requirements for greener building practice (such as LEED).

Resiliency in buildings that allow communities to be ready for unforeseeable crises and deploy the resources and assistance to help communities recover smarter, greener and better.

Green jobs to satisfy the growing demand for green buildings and to enhance the sustainability and health of our buildings and community.

For more information on National Priorities, visit: USGBC Policy Priorities