On January 18, the U.S. Green Building Council released Better Buildings Through Executive Action: Leveraging Existing Authorities to Promote Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Multifamily, Residential, and Commercial Buildings, which estimates that one million jobs could be created and $130 billion per year saved if the Obama administration used its executive authority to promote green buildings. Use of the authority would require no Congressional appropriations or approval. The report's recommendations include: updating Section 179D of the tax code which covers deductions for energy-efficient commercial buildings; making information on tenant energy usage more easily available to land-lords; creating energy efficiency programs under the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration, and using Department of Defense procurement to act as a leader in green building.
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US Green Building Council report on job creation potential
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- David Leiter, Sarah Litke and Daniel Phillips
- January 22 2012
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