Environmental Legislation

Clean energy is a hot topic in Congress, and we're looking forward to seeing what kind of environmental legislation gets passed.

Green New Deal: What's Next?

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Tue, 2019-01-08 13:14
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The new Congress has convened, which means the Democratic Party has taken control of the House of Representatives. Included in this group is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is largely being linked to climate change activism and the Green New Deal.

In the last few weeks, Ocasio-Cortez has suggested that Democrats not squander their opportunity to address climate change now that they can, arguably, do something about it.

Specifically, she has proposed these small actions to get started:  Read more: Green New Deal: What's Next? »

Climate Change Innovation Requires Leadership

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Thu, 2019-01-03 12:24
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If you're a frequent reader of our blog (or have been following the news lately), you know that our new Congress may soon be making big decisions on climate change legislation.

The proposed Green New Deal, largely spearheaded by newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has been described as the most aggressive climate legislation our country has seen and therefore matches the scope of the issue.

But what we'd like to focus on today is the power of youth, courage, and leadership.  Read more: Climate Change Innovation Requires Leadership »

Evolution of the Green New Deal Term

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Wed, 2019-01-02 09:29
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Shortly after the 2018 midterm elections, the phrase "Green New Deal" started to become a trending topic in Google searches and on Twitter.

This is largely because the newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined a sit-in outside of Nancy Pelosi's office to show support of bold climate change action. Ocasio-Cortez then released a draft proposal for such legislation, which is being called the Green New Deal.

If you're just now learning about the Green New Deal, you might be interested in our first three articles in this series:  Read more: Evolution of the Green New Deal Term »

17 Insightful Quotes About the Green New Deal

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Mon, 2018-12-31 11:17
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For the last few days, we've been done a fast-paced limited series on the Green New Deal. To catch up, check out these two articles:

What is the Green New Deal?

The People Behind the Green New Deal?  Read more: 17 Insightful Quotes About the Green New Deal »

The People Behind the Green New Deal

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Fri, 2019-01-04 10:38
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If you're not yet familiar with the Green New Deal, see our first post in this series: What is the Green New Deal?

The Green New Deal has become a popular topic of conversation in recent weeks, and when you hear it being discussed, you likely also hear the name Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez image  Read more: The People Behind the Green New Deal »

What is the Green New Deal?

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Thu, 2018-12-27 15:46
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A term that's purposefully reminiscent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's original New Deal in the 1930s, the Green New Deal is a concept that encourages bold and swift action on climate change, while simultaneously reducing unemployment and under-employment.

What is the Green New Deal image  Read more: What is the Green New Deal? »

South Miami a Hot Spot for Solar Installation

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:56
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In mid-July 2017, city commissioners in South Miami passed a law to require solar panels on new single-family residences, townhouses, and multi-story buildings. Despite some mixed feelings in the community, the vote came as a 4-to-1 majority opinion. As a result, South Miami became the first city in the United States (outside of select California cities) to pass such legislation.

Starting September 18, new homes in South Miami, Florida will be required to have solar panels.

The ordinance affects:  Read more: South Miami a Hot Spot for Solar Installation »

Green Technology: MLS Responds to Buyer Demands

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Thu, 2018-11-15 13:00
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The increasing adaptation of green technology features in the MLS is a new driver for real estate listings. As growing numbers of buyers seek more eco-friendly and "healthy" homes, builders and real estate professionals must change their focus to respond to trends and satisfy buyer expectations.

Part of it is spreading the word -- up front -- that a home is energy-efficient and has a variety of included features that make it sustainable and environmentally desirable.  Read more: Green Technology: MLS Responds to Buyer Demands »

Congress Extends Federal Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit

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Mon, 2018-12-03 13:51
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The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) recently announced that Congress extended the 45L federal tax credit for 2015 and 2016 as part of an omnibus tax incentive and spending bill. The 45L federal tax credit provides a $2,000 tax credit to builders for building and selling high-performance homes, such as those evaluated by certified HERS Raters and those that earn an ENERGY STAR Certification. 

Incentive to Build Energy Efficient Homes  Read more: Congress Extends Federal Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit »

Congress Extends Tax Credit for Energy Efficient Homes

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Congress Extends Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficient Homes and Other Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credits.

After hard work by RESNET and its strategic allies, last night Congress extended the $2,000 federal tax credit for builders who build energy efficient homes. The extension is from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011. The extension was part of a sweeping tax package negotiated by the White House and Republican Congressional leaders.  Read more: Congress Extends Tax Credit for Energy Efficient Homes »