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Cardin “GREEN Building Jobs Act” Will Make Government Buildings More Energy Efficient

March 18th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, has introduced updated legislation that will establish the federal government as a leader in improving the environmental performance of our nation’s buildings.


The GSA Resilient, Energy Efficient, and Net-Zero (GREEN) Building Jobs Act of 2021 would leverage new federal investments in upgrading existing facilities managed by the General Services Administration (GSA) and encourage the design of healthier, more efficient buildings in new projects. Investments made through this legislation would bring back many of the 850,000 jobs lost in the clean energy sector due to the pandemic and create projects in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that will save energy costs and reduce pollution.


This bill calls for a renewed commitment to increasing the energy and water efficiency of government buildings, the number of buildings achieving net-zero energy and waste, and the availability of infrastructure supporting zero-emission vehicles. It also pushes the GSA forward on work to enhance the resiliency of government facilities and protect the health of their occupants.