U.S. Green Building Council names Top 10 green building policies in California

U.S. Green Building CouncilGreenwise Regional Action Plan recognized as “most inspiring” local initiative

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in conjunction with USGBC California, an organization representing eight California USGBC chapters, today released its inaugural Top 10 list of State and Local Green Building Policies in California. These policies were recognized for the way each has advanced green building practices in the state.

“California’s remarkable history of leadership in public policy initiatives that protect the environment, promote energy independence, save money, and create healthier places to live, work, and learn has inspired countless initiatives in communities across the U.S.,” said Jason Hartke, Vice President, National Policy, USGBC. “We commend and celebrate California’s historic accomplishments and applaud its future policy goals.”

Policies were recognized in a variety of categories, including “Most Visionary,” “Most Market Transforming” and “Best Leadership by Example.”

The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32, Pavley) was called out for setting the bar for policy efforts nationwide that curtail harmful greenhouse gas emissions and setting scoping plan targets for CO2 reduction levels. Sacramento’s Greenwise Regional Action Plan was honored as the “Most Inspiring” local policy in California. Since Mayor Kevin Johnson announced the initiative in 2010, hundreds of volunteers have devoted thousands of hours to transforming the Sacramento area into the greenest region of the country and a hub for clean technology. These two policies are examples of the shape, scope, and variety of green buildings policies that have made California the national leader in building green.

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