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Senate Vote on 2030 Delayed; Architects Mobilize for Energy Efficient Design
By Andrew Goldberg, Managing Director, Government Relations & Outreach

    The Senate left Washington for its August recess last week without taking action on proposed amendments that would impact sustainability standards for federal buildings.

    As the AIA reported earlier, North Dakota Senator John 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.  Rhode Island Senator Sheldon 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.

    Responding to the AIA’s call to action, nearly 900 architecture firms and other businesses have signed a letter to the Senate in support of the Whitehouse amendment. AIA members have also placed op-eds in the media in support of sustainable design standards.

    The Senate is likely to take up the issue when it returns in the fall. That means both sides in the debate are working overtime in August to lobby Senators.

    You can help show support for sustainable design targets in three ways:

    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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