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Virginia will improve energy efficiency to cut carbon emissions

Published on 30 Jun 2016Written by Nick Brousse Posted in Advocacy and policy

Virginia’s Executive Order 57 aims to reduce carbon pollution from state power plants.

On June 28, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 57, a major step forward in combating climate change by reducing carbon pollution from the state’s power plants. The order directs Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward to convene a workgroup that will recommend steps to build upon existing efforts to improve energy efficiency and expand the state’s clean energy portfolio.

In a nod to the power of energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions and utility bills, Gov. McAuliffe said, “We all understand that the cheapest kilowatt of energy is the one we do not consume.” The state has more than 1,000 LEED-certified projects encompassing nearly 135 million square feet of commercial, residential, manufacturing, educational, health care and other facility space. Virginia residents recognize the benefits of LEED and the positive impact green construction has on the triple bottom line—people, planet and profit. 

“Energy efficiency creates jobs, saves families and businesses money, and helps reduce pollution and carbon emissions—all benefits that the Commonwealth deserves from economic, energy and environmental initiatives like Executive Order 57,” the Governor continued.

The 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study found that the green building sector in the U.S. is outpacing conventional construction growth and will account for more than 2.3 million American jobs this year. According to the report, LEED-certified construction in the Commonwealth alone is projected to account for 107,000 jobs and to contribute $9.39 billion in gross domestic product between 2015 and 2018.

Nick Brousse

Advocacy & Policy Project Manager

 

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