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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