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Center for Climate Change Law

Columbia Law School’s Center for Climate Change Law has prepared a first draft of a model municipal wind siting ordinance.  The model ordinance presents a framework for the adoption, implementation and enforcement of standards to promote effective and efficient use of wind energy resources.  We began by analyzing existing wind siting ordinances from various New […]

In November 2010, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the LEED for Retail Rating System and LEED for Volume Program.  According to USGBC, LEED for Retail is designed to make LEED certification easier for retailers, while LEED for Volume is designed to streamline the certification process for retailers seeking to certify multiple sites at […]

As of January 1, 2011, new residential and nonresidential buildings in California are required to comply with the 2010 California Green Building Standards Code, more commonly known as  “CALGreen.”  CALGreen, which comprises Part 11 of the California Building Standards Code, applies to newly constructed buildings. CALGreen requires, among other things, that new buildings: reduce water […]

Section 435 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which went into effect on December 19, 2010, requires that federal agencies only enter into leases in buildings that have achieved an Energy Star rating in the most recent year before the lease is signed.  Implementation of Section 435 was delayed for three […]

In November 2010, EPA announced the first WaterSense-labeled homes in the country.  According to EPA, four WaterSense labeled new homes were built by KB Home in Roseville, California, and will save an average of 10,000 gallons of water and at least $100 on utility costs each year. Since signing on as the first national builder […]

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