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Local Leaders in Sustainability: Green Incentive Trends is a joint effort with the National Association of Counties (NACo) to help local government officials incentivize green construction in their communities. State and local government green building incentives range from options that are virtually cost-free to those that involve more investment. The most attractive incentives are tax incentives, density/floor area ratio bonuses, and expedited permitting. The findings show that communities should select incentives based on their financial situation and desired impact on the construction industry. The simpler the policy, the more likely it is to be implemented successfully.

This Local Leaders report focuses on five key areas of green incentives: financial costs, oversight structure, local political and cultural environment, limits to power, and industry engagement. Green Incentive Trends analyzes initiatives instituted by localities across the country in recent years to provide in-depth best practice examples and a focused analysis on strategies that work well for different communities. The report also highlights innovative green architecture and interviews with the architects and local officials that are making it possible. Green building market transformation is accelerating, and these incentives are useful tools to help communities shift toward a sustainable future.

Mission Statement
The AIA has developed resources and tools for communities that are seeking to develop or expand green building programs. These policies are transforming cities across America from an energy-intensive past toward a more sustainable future. A successful, long-lasting green building program needs community involvement that includes the leadership of local officials, architects, and other important stakeholders. The ultimate goal of the AIA, and of all proponents of green building, is to see a day where ‘building green’ no longer exists, and green design is integrated into all buildings.

Local Leaders Case Studies
The programs chosen for case studies in these reports provide an excellent cross-section of American green building policy.

The case studies are meant to provide those in the public sector with actionable data, because one of the ultimate purposes in collecting this information is to create quantifiable best practices that communities can use as they begin or strengthen their own green building programs.

LLIS City Case Studies 2009
Los Angeles
| Boston | Grand Rapids, Mich.
Philadelphia
| Nashville

LLIS County Case Studies 2008
Alameda County, Calif.
| Hennepin County, Minn.
King County, Wa.
| Montgomery County, Md.

LLIS City Case Studies 2007
Portland, Ore.
| San Francisco | Scottsdale, Ariz.
Chicago
| Austin, Tex. | Atlanta

 
     
     
   
 

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