Jeffords Introduces Bipartisan Green Building Legislation
(Beyond Pesticides, July 11, 2006) Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT) has revised and reintroduced, through a bipartisan effort, The High-Performance Green Building Act of 2006. The bill authorizes the use of $50 million over five years to encourage the development and use of energy-efficient, environmentally sound, and safe green buildings. S. 64, The High-Performance Green Building Act of 2006 is cosponsored by Senators Snowe (R-ME), Launtenberg (D-NJ), Chafee (R-RI), Boxer (D-CA), Feinstein (D-CA), Clinton (D-NJ), Lieberman (D-CT) and Obama (D-IL).
This bipartisan legislation is intended to expand federal green building initiatives and lead to healthier, more efficient schools and buildings, requiring the federal government to establish green building standards for all federal facilities. The legislation also seeks to improve federal coordination and leadership related to the use of green buildings, expand research and development of green building technology, increase in public outreach regarding green building activities (both inside and outside of the federal government), review the current budget structure and approval process for government projects, and encourage schools to improve the environmental conditions of their facilities.
According to the Building Momentum: National Trends and Prospects for High-Performance Green Buildings, a report coordinated and prepared by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, on which Senator Jeffords serves as Ranking Member, EPA estimates that 40 percent of the nation's 115,000 schools suffer from poor environmental conditions, including, among others, exposure to pesticides, cleaning agents, building materials, molds, leaking roofs, poor heating and ventilation systems, and failing plumbing, may compromise health, safety, and learning of more than 14 million students (See Daily News).
The High-Performance Green Building Act of 2006 will:
High-performance and green buildings can improve student health and academic performance, and reduce student and teacher absenteeism. This bill would implement high-performance and green building methods on a national scale and protect the health of our nations children, workers, schoolteachers, and environments.
TAKE ACTION: Contact your U.S. Senators and request that he/she co-sponsor The High-Performance Green Building Act of 2006.