Over the last several months, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute have been forging new relationships as well as strengthening existing ties with other organizations. Those working on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and other green projects (such as Sustainable SITES) will be impacted by these developments.
In August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its Rainfall Erosivity Factor Calculator, which can help you determine the value of the rainfall erosivity factor (R-factor) on a small construction project (disturbing less than five acres). Small construction sites with an R-factor of less than five (5) qualify for a waiver from stormwater permitting
AGC submitted detailed comments on a proposed rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would give the agency the authority to cut into the paychecks of those who have unpaid debts, such as a fine or penalty for an alleged environmental violation. EPA would be allowed to garnish up to 15 percent of the “disposable pay” of delinquent debtors who do not work for the federal government via a process known as administrative wage garnishment (AWG) – all without a court order.
Joins Real Estate and Development Groups in Submitting Comments
AGC and 11 other groups active in the real estate development, construction, and management fields called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to categorically exclude municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) from being considered “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) in official comments submitted to the agencies’ proposed rulemaking.
U.S. EPA is blocking its science advisers from speaking freely to the public and the press, according to a letter sent to EPA chief Gina McCarthy by journalism and scientific advocacy groups. At a recent closed-door meeting of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board, the entity that EPA convenes to independently review the scientific underpinnings of many of the agency’s rulemakings, EPA issued a memorandum outlining the policy for EPA advisers to handle inquiries from the press and the public. Science advisers are directed to refer those requests to EPA employees so that the Office of External Affairs can determine the agency’s response.
Comment on Massive Expansion of Federal Jurisdiction in ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposed Rule Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) jointly released their notice of proposed rulemaking redefining “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposal asserts federal control over waters
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings is currently holding a series of task group conference calls related to net-zero energy buildings and building labels in advance of a GSA Green Building Advisory Committee (GBAC) meeting scheduled for September 2014. The task groups are preparing final recommendations to propose to
Government Agencies Make Commitments in Support In July 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with six other government agencies, committed to support specific green infrastructure* initiatives through an inter-agency collaborative led by EPA. Participating agencies include the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S.