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President Obama’s New Memorandum on Federal Agency Use of Renewable Energy and Energy Management

On December 5, 2013, President Obama issued a memorandum establishing (1) a new goal for federal agencies’ use of renewable energy and (2) new energy management directives (Memorandum). By fiscal year 2020, the Memorandum...more

Secretary's Order Encourages Mitigation Efficiency and Predictability for Infrastructure Development Projects on Federal Lands

On October 31, 2013, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell issued Order No. 3330 to establish a Department-wide mitigation strategy that focuses on mitigation opportunities at the landscape level. Order No. 3330 is part of a...more

Automatic Reductions in Subsidy Payments for Certain Direct Pay Bonds will Continue for Fiscal Year 2014

Pursuant to the requirements of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, on March 1, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order reducing the budgetary authority in accounts subject to...more

Wind Energy Gets a Second Breath of Life (News Note)

Have you been following the “fiscal cliff” debacle? Unless you spent the holiday season in a cave, the answer is probably YES. One interesting detail tucked away in the recently passed compromise legislation is the renewal...more

Green Building Newsletter -- October 2012

In This Edition: Law & Policy Updates: ..The LEED v4 (formerly LEED 2012) Controversy ..Related Industry Events ..Recent Article & News ..Questions or Comments? Excerpt from Law & Policy...more

North Carolina General Assembly Continues Reform Streak

After the dust settled on the North Carolina General Assembly 2012 Short Session, 203 bills had become law, a handful of which survived gubernatorial veto. Although the General Assembly did not pass land use reforms as...more

Florida HB503: Excitement Grows Over This New Law as a Good Thing for Florida Real Estate Development

While everyone waits for Florida Governor Rick Scott to sign HB503 into law, and it's expected that Scott will do so - no veto here - Florida real estate developers and those who work with land development are becoming more...more

Governor Vetoes Economic Impact Report Requirement for Superstores

One of this year’s most controversial bills was vetoed by Governor Brown in the final minutes of October 9, 2011, his last day to act on the bill. SB 469 (Vargas), the Small & Neighborhood Business Protection Act, would have...more

CEQA Reform Highlights the 2011 California Legislative Session

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has played a historic role in environmental protection by requiring projects to go through extensive studies to disclose and mitigate environmental impacts. For developers, CEQA...more

Congress Challenges Longstanding Clean Water Act

By Krystina Steffen, staff In Good Practice writer – July 21, 2011 Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency or turn back the clock 40 years? The House of Representatives passed H.R.2018, the Clean Water Cooperative...more

Green Building Update - July 26, 2010

In this Issue: *U.S. cap-and-trade shelved by Senate *GREEN BUILDING FOCUS ..California latest renewable energy bill ..Proposition to suspend AB 32 in California *Report: hospitals to invest in efficiency *Report:...more

The EPA Uses the Clean Air Act to Propose New Rules Intended to Reduce GHG Emissions from Large Emitters

In a move certain to fuel the debate over climate change legislation in Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (the "EPA") recently revealed a new proposal to regulate greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions from power...more

Green Building Update - July 17, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *Senate likely to amend ACES *Green Building Focus ..Book: The Greening of IT ..SF green datacenter conference *When LEED certification fails *CRA ups green building standards in L.A. *Navitas...more

Green Building Update - July 10, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *Green Building Focus ..Study: value of green commercial buildings ..Top 10 green building products of 2009 *House bill may create green building opportunities *Software manages "energy drift" in...more

Green Building Update - June 30, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *U.S. House Passes Climate Change Bill *Green Building Focus Study: Green Retrofits Represent a $400B Market *LEED Coming Soon for Data Centers *Green Building Best Practices Webinar Series *USCM and...more

NEPA Compliance for Projects Funded Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Is Your Project "Shovel Ready"?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ("ARRA"), provides a $787 billion economic stimulus package with funding for investments in infrastructure, energy, healthcare, education and science, among other sectors....more

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