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Green Building Reports
Since the passage of the landmark Green Building Act of 2006, the District has been a national leader in green building development. Currently, we are first in nation in the certified square footage of LEED and ENERGY STAR buildings on a per capita basis. We are the number one green power city in the nation, and sit at or near the top of many other lists related to sustainability initiatives. In 2008, the District passed the Clean and Affordable Energy Act, becoming the first city in the nation to pass legislation requiring energy and water benchmarking for public and private buildings, and one of the first cities to create a Sustainable Energy Utility. And in 2010, we passed the Energy Efficiency Financing Act, which created a unique mechanism for financing energy and water efficiency projects. Finally, in 2014, the District is poised to pass one of the greenest, if not the greenest, construction codes in the country.
In an effort to document the advancement of green building in the District, the Green Building Advisory Council, an appointed body including private sector and District government agency representatives, issue green building reports. The reports are intended to catalogue the implementation of green building policies and programs, and highlight the progress made toward a more sustainable built environment in the District. The reports catalogue past successes, but also make recommendations for future work that still needs to be done to fulfill the Sustainable DC goal of making the District the healthiest, greenest and most livable city in the United States.