||[Jan. 3rd, 2007|08:45 pm]
Promoting the LEED green building system.
from the USGBC member newsletter:|
Challenges and Opportunities in the New Year
Taking action on climate change is at the top of USGBC's agenda.
What a year! We have a lot to celebrate as 2006 comes to an end, such as our more than 7,200 members, 670 LEED certified projects, and 5,000+ LEED registered projects. Not to mention the 87 states, cities, and federal agencies that have adopted or have incentives for LEED, and the 13,500 people from all over the world who attended the 2006 Greenbuild Conference in Denver. Green building is hitting the mainstream--you can hardly open a newspaper these days without reading about it. But that doesn't mean our work is finished—far from it. It means we must work even harder, because now we have the potential to truly make a difference.
Reaching that potential has never been more important: scientists estimate that we have only ten years before the damage from global climate change is too great to be undone. We know that CO2 emissions are a primary cause of climate change, and we know that the building sector is responsible for almost half of those emissions. The good news is that we also know LEED buildings can reduce C02 emissions by 50%. Right now, today, we have an unprecedented opportunity to make an immediate, measurable impact on climate change.
That's why USGBC is putting climate change at the top of our agenda. At Greenbuild, we launched an aggressive 8-step action plan which includes specific proposals to further improve the energy performance of LEED buildings and make greater reductions in C02 emissions. The plan also encourages greater adoption of LEED standards by giving free registration under LEED for Existing Buildings for all LEED for New Construction and Core & Shell certified projects, and by offering free certification to all LEED Platinum projects. We’re also partnering with organizations including Autodesk®, Enterprise Community Partners, BOMA, and ASID on new technology and education programs for professionals across the entire industry.
Those 5,000 LEED buildings aren't enough. We need all our new offices, homes, schools, and hospitals to be LEED certified, and we need to renovate our existing buildings to LEED standards. We have ambitious goals: by 2010, there will be 100,000 LEED certified commercial buildings, and 1 million LEED homes. By 2020, we want to see 1 million LEED certified commercial buildings, and 10 million LEED homes.
We can't do it alone. USGBC's members are the reason the transformation of the built environment is underway, and with your leadership we will keep up the momentum. Working together, I know that we can meet the immense challenge ahead of us, and build a healthy sustainable future for us all. Happy New Year, and we look forward to working with you in 2007.
President, CEO & Founding Chairman, USGBC