USGBC's 2009 Federal Summit Convened Today in Washington,
May 15, 2009
The U.S. Green Building Council's annual Federal Summit convened
yesterday for a daylong exchange of ideas on how to best meet the
goals of increased sustainability in existing buildings and communities
to significantly impact the environment and economy. High level
officials from throughout the federal sector, including Senior White
House Advisor Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on
Environmental Quality, discussed topics such as leveraging the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act to achieve environmental goals, implementing
technical solutions to meet the energy efficiency goals set out
in Energy Independence and Security Act and updates on LEED and
other USGBC activities. The summit took place at the Ronald Reagan
Building & International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.
"Green building and retrofitting is at the top of the legislative
agenda, and now is the time to work together toward the common goals
of advancing green building and improving our nation's economy,"
said Rick Fedrizzi, president, chief executive officer and founding
chair, USGBC. "The Federal Summit provides a unique opportunity
to discuss critical issues and the leadership role of the federal
government in mitigating climate change."
The 2009 Federal Summit marks the launch of USGBC's new Federal
Green Building Leadership Award program. According to the USGBC,
for nearly a decade, the federal government has pioneered the use
of LEED and innovative green building initiatives to lead by example
in advancing the sustainability of the built environment. Kevin
Kampshcroer, acting director, office of Federal High-Performance
Green Buildings for the U.S. General Services Administration, and
Mark Ginsburg, senior executive, Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Energy for the U.S. Department of Energy, were recognized for their
outstanding leadership in and dedication to green building.
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