USGBC Maryland Advocacy

Highlights from USGBC Maryland's 2015 Advocacy Agenda

View the full Agenda here: USGBC Maryland 2015 Advocacy Agenda


ALTER THE MARYLAND BUILDING PERFORMANCE STANDARDS TO ADVANCE ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Amend the Maryland Building Performance Standards to permit the energy codes to be amended when adopted encouraging flexibility in building type and materials, and including making low and moderate cost housing more affordable.

 

REPLACE STORMWATER REMEDIATION FEES WITH LEED

There has been much discussion about repealing or completely rewriting the Maryland Watershed Protection and Restoration Program. As part of a repeal of the program but recognizing that there will still be stormwater management, we advocate adding an exemption to State law from charging a stormwater remediation fee to a property that has achieved the LEED credits for stormwater quantity and quality.

 

POST ENERGY LABELS ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS

State and local governments should to post the Energy Star rating of each government owned building at the front door. Buildings use 74% of all electricity in the U.S., and government can raise consciousness about the need to reduce energy use by posting the Energy Star ratings of state and local government buildings.

 

ENCOURAGE LOCAL ADOPTION AN OPTIONAL INTERNATIONAL GREEN CONSTRUCTION CODE

Local jurisdictions should adopt the International Green Construction Code, with appropriate local amendments, as an alternative compliance path to be used at the election of a project owner.

 

SUPPORT COMMUNITY RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION

Utilities and the Public Service Commission should be urged to support legislation to foster community renewable energy generation. For many urban residents who live in apartment buildings or row houses, there is not sufficient space to generate the solar power to make the panels cost-efficient.

 

BAN NON-COMPETE CLAUSES TO BOOST A GREEN ENTREPRENEURIAL ECONOMY

Non-compete clauses in employment contracts are a barrier to innovative entrepreneurship in Maryland. We advocate banning the enforcement of non-compete clauses in employment contracts.


REQUIRE ENERGY LABELS ON STATE AND LOCAL
GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS

State and local governments should be required to post the
Energy Star rating of each government owned building at the
front door. Buildings use 74% of all electricity in the U.S.,
and government can raise consciousness about the need
to reduce energy use by posting the Energy Star ratings of
state and local government buildings.



View last year's Agenda here: 2014 USGBC Maryland Advocacy AGENDA




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