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USGBC's 10 sustainable ways to use stimulus funds

June 08, 2009
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released a detailed list of the top 10 best ways to use federal stimulus money toward advancing the green building industry, according to a press release.

Some of the suggestions include: Laying the groundwork for future holistic measures; retrofitting existing buildings to meet energy-efficiency standards; and increasing sustainable education and training, the release stated.

According to the USGBC, U.S. buildings are responsible for 39 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, 40 percent of energy consumption, 13 percent of water consumption and 15 percent of gross domestic product per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity.

Rather than looking project-by-project, or system-by-system, many governments are thinking holistically about how to use American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) dollars to advance sustainability in the built environment, the release noted.

Rick Fedrizzi, president, chief executive officer (CEO) and founding chair of the USGBC, said: "A strong economy and a healthy environment go hand-in-hand. Governments and business alike have recognized that the triple bottom line of economic, environmental and social sustainability is the key to thriving and prospering today and into the future. Smart use of federal economic stimulus funding by improving the efficiency of our existing building stock as well as our new buildings and communities will create green jobs that save energy, water and taxpayer money."

The best way to use stimulus funds, according to the list, is to invest in healthy schools and our children — the future of humanity, the release added.

Click here to read the complete release.

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