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Center for Climate Change Law

On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed into law an $859 billion tax bill (H.R. 4853) that extends several clean energy tax credits.  The legislation includes a one-year extension of a Treasury Department program, established under Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), that provides cash grants for qualified renewable energy projects […]

On December 15, 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued its first guidance on nine chemicals of concern that can be found in indoor air.  The WHO is the public health organization within the United Nations.  The guidance is entitled “WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Selected Pollutants.” The nine chemicals addressed in the guidance […]

On December 14, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010, which seeks to ensure that federal employees have the necessary training to achieve and maintain high energy efficiency at federal buildings. The law directs the General Services Administration (GSA) to identify “competencies” that federal building personnel should have […]

On November 8, 2010, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released a draft of the next version of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, referred to as LEED 2012.   The new draft includes changes to all current LEED rating systems, including LEED for New Construction (NC), Existing Buildings Operation […]

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