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Government Accountability Office
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • September 18 2011

On September 15, the Government Accountability Office released a report requested by the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies warning that commitments from federal and state governments to restore the Chesapeake Bay by 2025 that were made in 2009 are now in danger due directly to funding constraints, and more indirectly to issues like climate change and land development


Green leasing
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • 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


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


Solar Decathlon opens
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • September 25 2011

University teams featuring over 4,000 students from around the world opened the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 September 22 to showcase 19 highly energy efficient solar-powered houses


Competitive bidding for renewable energy land
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • 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


Building winner announced
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • 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


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


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

The Departments of Commerce and Energy announced June 19 selections for three Centers for Building Operations Excellence that will receive $1.3 million to create and deploy programs aimed at training current and incoming building operators


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

On June 21, the Green Building Council, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, ICLEI International, the World Bank, the Eye on Earth Summit, the Earth Council Alliance of Rio de Janeiro, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Program on Energy, Resources, and the Environment together announced the launch of the Global Initiative on Urban Resilience with the goal of fostering building and infrastructure development that will make cities more resilient against climate change