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Building winner announced

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • November 6 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency announced November 2 that the University of Central Florida is the winner of the 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings

Re-tuning buildings course

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • March 11 2012

As part of a five year pilot program, the Department of Energy announced March 5 the availability of an online training course to help building owners, operators, contractors, and students re-tune commercial buildings

New building efficiency coalition

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 6 2011

On November 3, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Real Estate Roundtable, and the United States Green Building Council announced the formation of the Coalition for Better Buildings to push for myriad energy efficiency policies and initiatives

Judicial streamlining legislation signed

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 2 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed two bills September 27 to streamline the environmental review process for a proposed 72,000-seat football stadium in downtown Los Angeles and other large statewide projects

Energy Star buildings list

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 15 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency released information April 11 concluding that Los Angeles leads U.S. cities in the number of Energy Star-certified buildings with 659 in 2011

$96 million for sustainable communities

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • November 27 2011

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities Grants program, a cooperative effort between HUD, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency, announced November 21 that communities, agencies, and regions across the country will receive almost $96 million in federal funding under the 2011 program

Minimums for EE building deductions

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 26 2012

The Internal Revenue Service released guidance February 23 providing an additional set of energy savings percentages for owners or lessees of energy efficiency commercial buildings seeking certification for their properties to use to qualify for partial tax code Section 179D deduction

Green leasing

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • March 25 2012

The Energy Department launched the Green Lease Library March 20, an online resource to help the commercial building sector implement green leases, or rental agreements that encourage energy efficiency

US Green Building Council report on job creation potential

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • January 22 2012

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

Competitive bidding for renewable energy land

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • January 8 2012

In an advance notice of proposed rulemaking published December 29, the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management said that it is considering competitive bidding for public land leased to solar and wind energy developers to obtain market value for the land and to ensure a fairer selection process