USGBC Joins Worldwide Green Building Councils
to Call Attention to the Sustainable Buildings Awareness
September 23, 2009
In coordination with green building councils all over the world,
the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is helping kick off today's
inaugural World Green Building Day by leading a group of green building
practitioners that includes architects, engineers, builders, planners,
contractors and building owners, to advocate for climate change
legislation on Capitol Hill.
With U.S. lawmakers considering action this fall on historic energy
and climate legislation, including several ground-breaking green
building provisions, USGBC has organized a "Congressional Advocacy
Day" for nearly 80 advocates from all corners of the United
States to visit and meet with more than 130 members of Congress
and their staff.
"As the built environment accounts for 40 percent of global
carbon emissions, the green building movement has an unprecedented
opportunity to make a major contribution to both national and international
carbon reduction targets," says Rick Fedrizzi, president, chief
executive officer and founding chairman of the USGBC.
According to a USGBC announcement, as part of its Road to Copenhagen
and participation in the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change
in December, the organization is actively involved with government
delegations and non-government organizations to better understand
how to work together to show that green building represents one
of the most direct, immediate and cost-effective opportunities to
help tackle climate change.
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