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Green Building for Cool Cities’ Project

By FAF Staff Writer, (388 words) Posted in Green Building on December 2, 2009
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The Copenhagen Meet, scheduled between December 7 and 18 has one main point on its agenda – Climate Change. It is a collective will on the part of the world community to make a collaborative effort to tackle global warming. The world is currently encountering extraordinary challenges that require extraordinary responses. Regrettably in conferences past the ambience has been adversarial and the attendees have failed to arrive at a consensus.

It has just been announced that President Obama will be among global heads of government who will participate. At the meet, the United States and China, two of the major contributors to global warming, are expected to unveil their proposed policies toward reduction by 2020 and beyond.

Buildings account for up to 40% of carbon emissions. This is a stark, inescapable reality. In the United States, on November 12 the USGBC in collaboration with the Sierra Club’s Cool Cities has launched an initiative called the Green Building for Cool Cities collaboration. This joint venture will activate the 80 chapters of the USGBC national network and over 200 local campaigns to promote and encourage the adoption of policies of local governments on the road to supporting new and retro–fitted energy–efficient buildings – an integral part of a solution toward a deviation from global warming to a clean energy economy.

In the course of the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Phoenix, AZ a policy guide was released. This outlined a step–by–step green building policy guide to cover communities of all sizes. The recommendations contained in the policies cover a wide swathe of measures from fundamental to more advanced action plans to address environmental sustainability and energy efficiency through the built environment.

Highlighted in the policies are the following initiatives:

  • Leadership standards for government buildings which serve as models for the community
  • No–cost and financial incentives for residential and commercial sectors to build green
  • Energy code adoption and enforcement toward improved minimum efficiency standards

The policy guide may be studied online at www.coolcities.us and www.usgbc.org.

The list of cities whose policies are detailed as models include:

  • Small cities such as Greensburg, KS, Clayton, MO, and Doylestown Borough
  • Medium–sized cities such as Kearny, NJ, Portsmouth, NH, and Asheville, NC
  • Larger cities such as Anchorage, New Orleans, Boston, Los Angeles, and El Paso.

Also highlighted are the green building policies of several counties that include Chatham County, GA, Montgomery County, MD, and Sonoma County, CA.

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