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Help Stop the 2030 Repeal
In a matter of days the Senate will likely vote on an amendment that would remove 2030 sustainability targets for federal buildings that AIA members worked very hard to put into place six years ago. We need help from design businesses across the nation to tell Senators to keep these targets in place and make them work better.
We will send one letter with every business to all Senators, and a state-specific version to your state’s Senators to demonstrate there is strong community support in your state for this important policy.
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As businesses in [STATE], we write to urge you to support efforts to make the federal government more energy efficient by supporting the Whitehouse amendment to S. 761, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, and opposing the Hoeven amendment.
Recognizing that the federal government is one of the largest building owners and energy users in the world, Congress established targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from federal facilities in Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. This bipartisan proposal, which was signed into law by former President George W. Bush, recognizes that making federal buildings more energy efficient not only saves taxpayers money but also leverages the government’s purchasing power to bring new technologies and materials to the marketplace.
Although some have claimed that Section 433’s energy consumption requirements are unrealistic, the facts tell a different story. Today, design and construction across the country are designing buildings that meet, and in some cases exceed, the current targets. In fact, Section 433 has enabled design firms to develop new design strategies that we are now using to help our private-sector clients reduce their energy loads.
Despite making improvements to some federal energy standards, the Hoeven amendment would set back sustainable design significantly by repealing Section 433, costing taxpayers more in the long run and wasting more energy. It is simply not compatible with the goals of S. 761.
By contrast, the Whitehouse amendment makes common-sense improvements to Section 433 – while including all the energy efficiency improvements in the Hoeven amendment – and maintains the federal government’s leadership on energy efficient design. Most importantly, the Whitehouse amendment is consistent with an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, allowing for all kinds of energy sources as long as those that emit greenhouse gases are offset by renewable forms of energy.
Section 433 has helped the government reduce the energy consumption of federal facilities across the country. This is a win not only for the environment, but for taxpayers as well, as federal agencies see their energy costs go down. At a time when we are looking to reduce government spending and promote clean energy, it makes no sense to retreat on policies that are achieving positive results. Therefore, we urge you to oppose the Hoeven amendment and support the Whitehouse amendment.