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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.
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.
Past Local Leaders Reports
Green Schools, 2011
Green Incentives, 2008
Green Counties, 2008
AIA 2030 Commitment: Pursuing built infrastructure carbon neutrality by the year 2030.
International Green Construction Code (IGCC): This collaboration between the AIA and the International Code Council aims to build consistent and coordinated green building codes.
SustAIAnability 2030 Toolkit: Providing resources on green building in the areas of advocacy, design, and community.
50to50: A resource for architects and the construction industry, providing effective tools and techniques for attaining carbon reductions.
AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE): The Top Ten Green Projects award looks to honor current ‘best practice’ projects on an annual basis.
Sustainable Design Assessment Teams (SDAT): A community Design assistance program that looks to work with local volunteer professionals to develop effective frameworks for a sustainable future.
Listen to AIA Local Government Relations Director Brooks Rainwater as he interviews Grand Rapids, Mich. Mayor George Heartwell.
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