2008 - [Sustainable Concepts] Presidential Candidates on the Environment
and LEED 2009
2008, vol. 67
Welcome to the October 2008 newsletter from Design Forward.
Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.
Quote of the Month: "The only way to implement our vision
for society is to bring it down to the situation of a single
-Buddhist master, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
Lisa A. Swan
Candidates on the Environment
The election is right around the corner. We thought
we would take some time to outline each of the presidential
candidates approach to the environment.
When asked about promoting green technologies and fuel
efficiency standards, Obama said, "[For] this to happen,
we've got to be courageous enough to not just talk about
it in front of the Sierra Club or organizations already
sympathetic to us. When I announced my proposal to increase
fuel efficiency standards on cars, I went to Detroit
in front of the automakers and said they had to change
their ways..and I told them that when I am president,
there will be no more excuses - we will help them retool
their factories, but they will have to make cars that
use less oil."
br> According to the Obama-Biden website, the Obama-Biden
comprehensive New Energy for America plan will:
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- Provide short-term relief to American families facing
pain at the pump
- Help create five million new jobs by strategically
investing $150 billion over the next ten years to
catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future.
- Within 10 years save more oil than we currently
import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined.
- Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars -- cars that can
get up to 150 miles per gallon -- on the road by 2015,
cars that we will work to make sure are built here
- Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from
renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.
- Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.
When asked about nuclear, wind, tide, solar, gas, coal,
John McCain said, "We can work on nuclear power plants.
Build a whole bunch of them, create millions of new
jobs. We have to have all of the above, alternative
fuels, wind, tide, solar, natural gas, clean coal technology.
All of these things we can do as Americans and we can
take on this mission and we can overcome it."
According to the McCain-Palin website, John McCain's
Principles for Climate Policy are,
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- Climate Policy Should Be Built On Scientifically-Sound,
Mandatory Emission Reduction Targets And Timetables.
- Climate Policy Should Utilize A Market-Based Cap
And Trade System.
- Climate Policy Must Include Mechanisms To Minimize
Costs And Work Effectively With Other Markets.
- Climate Policy Must Spur The Development And Deployment
Of Advanced Technology.
- Climate Policy Must Facilitate International Efforts
To Solve The Problem.
on "Presidential Candidates on the Environment" on Lisa's
Article © Lisa A. Swan. Picture © wcbstv.com
In order to remain relevant in a rapidly changing
market, technology must evolve; LEED, as a market transformation
instrument, is no different. The suite of LEED Green
Building Rating Systems has enjoyed remarkable and unprecedented
growth as the building industry has sought to engage
with its concepts and technical criteria. LEED has been
an incontrovertible success as a tool to promote market
transformation and recognize buildings with exemplary
green pedigrees. As of May 1, 2008, 3.5+ billion square
feet of building projects (10,000+ individual projects)
have registered intent to seek LEED certification with
dozens more signing up every day. LEED's rapid success
presents its stewards, the USGBC membership, with an
opportunity to advance the system to ensure that future
buildings certified under its criteria are even greener
than the stock in the pipeline to date.
LEED has always existed and enjoyed unparalleled success,
in part, due to its ability to operate in the dynamic
tension between the pursuit of environmental excellence
and the business realities of buildings industry. While
the urgency of pending environmental crises that face
the coming generations weighs heavily on all of us,
there is recognition that LEED cannot completely forsake
market uptake for environmental priorities. Issues like
global climate change may be the most urgent and dire
social equity issues that we have ever faced, and they
demand immediate, effective action. In spite of this
knowledge, we also acknowledge that no transformation
is catalyzed if the bar set by LEED is unachievable
in the context of existing technological and economic
Continuing to strike the optimal balance between market
uptake and technical advancement is one of the driving
forces behind the LEED 2009 work. Additionally, much
has been invested in the current LEED system and, as
a direct result, a concerted effort has been made to
ensure that LEED 2009 capitalizes on the existing market
Article & Picture © U.S. Green Building Council
on LEED 2009 on Lisa's Blog
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