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$96 million for sustainable communities
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • 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


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

The Department of Energy announced November 21 that buildings constructed to meet the 2010 version of an energy efficiency standard may reduce energy use by 18.5 compared with buildings that meet the 2007 standard


ID EE legislation
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • 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
  • 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


Workplace energy efficiency savings
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • September 30 2012

The General Services Administration released two studies September 26 finding that workplace-specific lighting and advanced power strips could provide between 26 and 63 percent energy savings in buildings compared to normal lighting


Homeowner energy tax credits benefits unclear
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • September 30 2012

The Congressional Research Service reported September 25 that it is unclear whether tax credits impact homeowner investment in high efficiency heat pumps or other efficiency technologies


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


BLM faulted for poor management of renewables
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • June 17 2012

The Interior Department inspector general issued a report June 12 arguing that the Bureau of Land Management could improve its renewable energy program by more efficiently collecting rental fees on land it manages, clarifying bond guidance, and implementing a competitive bidding process on projects


IN home efficiency
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 1 2012

Indiana repealed the state’s expired gross retail tax exemption for home energy assistant transactions March 14 while providing for a new state home energy assistance program


NY brownfields program criticized
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • June 10 2012

A report issued on June 7 by Environmental Advocates of New York says that tax credits issued under the state’s brownfields program have failed to provide areas most in need of development with relief