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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


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


Sustainable communities strategy
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • November 20 2011

The Southern California Association of Governments announced last week that it will present to local elected officials December 1 a regional transportation plan that includes a sustainable communities strategy for the first time


Climate considerations for builders
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • March 4 2012

The University of Michigan and the U.S. Green Building Council released a report February 28 indicating that building professionals need to consider how climate change might impact their projects in the future


US Green Building Council report on job creation potential
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • 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


$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


US building retrofits save $1 trillion
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • March 4 2012

The Deutsche Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation released a study March 1 finding that retrofitting buildings through cost effective energy savings methods in the United States could result in $1 trillion in savings over 10 years and generate up to 3.3 million jobs largely without major federal financial support


Re-tuning buildings course
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • 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