2011 USGBC Government Summit in Review: U.S. Navy and Marine Corp Commit to LEED Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) held their annual Government Summit in Washington D.C. last week. The conference brought public-sector building professionals together with private-sector contractors to advance the discussion of the government’s role in green building. According to the USGBC, green building has the potential to add $554 billion to the U.S. GDP, save or create 7.9 million jobs, contribute $396 billion in wages and save $6 billion in energy over the course of four years. With such inspiring statistics in mind, U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus made a big announcement at last week’s event.

Beginning in 2013, the Navy and Marine Corps will aim for LEED Gold certification for all its new buildings without increasing the budget.

“It shouldn’t cost any more, particularly in this economic environment, to build buildings that are sustainable,” said Mabus in a news release. “But it’s going to require some creative contracting, some creative building and construction practices.”

The Navy and Marine Corps are following the lead of the Executive Branch. In 2011, President Obama created a government-wide goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent in the next 10 years.

Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, was the Government Summit’s Opening Plenary. She discussed the administrations’ objectives, progress and future plans toward meeting the President’s goal. The Better Buildings Initiative, a recent program by the administration to make U.S. commercial buildings more energy efficient over the next decade, was also highlighted.

Advanced Control Corporation is a proud developer of environmentally sound methods of building automation. Our commitment to energy management is consistent with the recent building initiatives discussed at last week’s Government Summit. We are a member of USGBC and have been doing our part to make South Florida green for the past 20 years. To learn more about LEED certification and how we can make your building more efficient, call today at 954-491-6660.