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Green building standards

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • June 24 2012

The General Services Administration announced last week that it will issue a recommendation this fall on whether the federal government should continue using a third-party certification system as the primary federal standard for green buildings

Sustainability goals met

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • June 17 2012

On June 15, the General Services Administration, which owns and leases more than 9,600 buildings, released a report finding that it is on track to meet its sustainability goals for buildings and vehicles, in line with President Obama’s 2009 Executive Order No. 13514 issued

Hearings scheduled

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • May 6 2012

On May 9, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on President Obama's offshore drilling plan

DOD energy budget requests

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • May 6 2012

Speaking at an Environmental Defense Fund reception May 2, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that higher than anticipated fuel costs are causing a budget shortfall of more than $3 billion at the agency as the Pentagon seeks billions of dollars in new energy efficiency spending

ID EE legislation

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • April 29 2012

Idaho enacted legislation (H.B. 485) April 3, retroactive to January 1, replacing the insulation deduction for existing residents with a deduction for energy efficiency upgrades

CA GHG and Green Building Order

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • April 29 2012

California Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order No. B-18-12 April 25, requiring agencies to take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 10 percent from 2010 levels by 2015 and 20 percent by 2020

Sea level rise projection maps needed

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

Appearing before a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the impact of sea level rise on domestic energy and water infrastructure April 19, Adam Freed, deputy director for long-term planning and sustainability in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office, urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop and provide detailed flood projection maps to help New York and other urban areas prepare for the impacts of sea level rise on infrastructure and real estate properties in the next century

Green infrastructure report

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

On April 12, the American Society of Landscape Architects, American Rivers, the Water Environment Federation, and ECONorthwest released Banking on Green: How Green Infrastructure Saves Municipalities Money and Provides Economic Benefits Community-wide arguing the flooding of combined sewer systems can be stopped with green infrastructure investments that reduce energy costs and save money for municipalities

President unveils manufacturing proposal

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

On March 9, President Obama proposed a $1 billion “National Network for Manufacturing Innovation,” creating 15 state-of-the-art institutes nationwide designed to make U.S. manufacturers more competitive and initially funded from $45 million of existing money with the National Science Foundation and the departments of Defense, Commerce, and Energy

Building competition winners announced

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

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced March 5 the winners of the Better Buildings Case Competition, a challenge that encourages college students to develop and present real world solutions to increase building energy efficiency