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Sign the Letter to Help Stop the 2030 Repeal
By Andrew Goldberg, Managing Director, Government Relations & Outreach

    In the next two weeks, the U.S. Senate may decide whether to continue making federal buildings more sustainable, or roll back policies that help save energy. We need your help to tell the Senate that designing buildings to be more energy efficient is the right thing to do.

    Before Senators leave for their August recess, North Dakota Senator Hoeven is planning to offer an amendment that would repeal a 2007 law setting targets for the reduction of fossil-fuel generated energy in federal buildings based on the well-known 2030 challenge goals.  

    Fortunately, Rhode Island Senator Whitehouse is offering an amendment that would make some common-sense, widely supported improvements to the law to make it work better, but would not repeal it.

    We understand that the vote in the Senate will be extremely close: your Senator could make the difference between moving forward on sustainable design and going back to the days of energy-wasting buildings.

    The AIA has drafted a letter, to be signed by architecture firms and any company that supports sustainability that expresses support for the Whitehouse amendment. We urge your firm to sign its name to the letter so we can show your Senators and all of Congress that designing buildings that save energy is the smart thing to do.

    The deadline for signers is Friday, July 26 at 5pm PDT. Please take a few seconds to show your support for sustainability.

    To learn more about the issue, please read a fact-sheet on Myths vs Realities of Section 433, a one-page summary of the Whitehouse amendment, and these talking points on the issue.

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