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Don’t Let the Senate Turn Its Back on Sustainability
By Christina Finkenhofer, Manager, Federal Relations

    The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee might gut sustainability targets for the design of new and renovated federal buildings, and we need your help to stop them. 

    In 2007, with the strong support of the AIA, Congress passed legislation that ensures that new federal buildings and major renovations meet the 2030 targets for greenhouse gas reductions. Already this law is showing results, as architects are designing buildings that achieve the targets, saving energy and creating new markets for cutting-edge sustainable designs, products and technologies.

    But opponents of this law in the fossil fuel industry are hoping to sneak a repeal of this law into energy legislation that the Senate is taking up. We cannot let that happen!

    The Committee might vote on an amendment as early as next week that would repeal or severely weaken the 2007 law, and unless architects raise their voice, this amendment might just pass. Because one of your Senators serves on this committee, we need you to urge the Committee not to abandon policies that reduce energy use in federal buildings, save taxpayers money and protect the environment. 

    Today, the AIA and a group of more than 350 organizations and companies have written to the Senate in support of the current law and opposing any efforts to roll it back. But Senators need to hear from you, their constituents, that now is the wrong time to retreat on sustainable design.

    To send a message to your Senator, please click here. To read more about the provision and why it needs to be protected, click here.

    Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

    NOTE: At the moment, this alert is for AIA members with Senators on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. If you do not have a Senator on this Committee, you will not be able to take action.


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