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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


Green building standards
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • 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


Weatherization program defended
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • March 25 2012

Appearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform March 20, Energy Secretary Steven Chu defended the $5 billion weatherization assistance program and other programs that received funding under the Recovery Act


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


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Indiana repealed the state’s expired gross retail tax exemption for home energy assistant transactions March 14 while providing for a new state home energy assistance program


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


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


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


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