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Top green building policies in California named

The U.S. Green Building Council named the Top 10 state and local green building policies in California, recognized for the way each has advanced green building practices in the state.

Policies were recognized in a variety of categories, including "Most Visionary," "Most Market Transforming" and "Best Leadership by Example."

The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 was recognized for setting the bar for policy efforts nationwide that curtail harmful greenhouse gas emissions and setting scoping plan targets for carbon dioxide reduction levels.

Sacramento's Greenwise Regional Action Plan was cited as the "Most Engaging" local policy in California. Since Mayor Kevin Johnson announced the initiative in 2010, hundreds of volunteers have devoted thousands of hours to transforming the Sacramento area into the greenest region of the country and a hub for clean technology.

"These two policies are examples of the shape, scope, and variety of green buildings policies that have made California the national leader in building green," the press statement said.

The Top 10 list for both state and local policies are the following:


  • Most Visionary: California Energy Commission's Title 24 (Part 6), "The Energy Code," of 1978
  • Most Comprehensive: Assembly Bill 758 (Skinner), Existing Building Energy Efficiency, of 2009
  • Most Impactful: Assembly Bill 32 (Pavley), The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
  • Most Educational: Senate Bill 128 (Lowenthal), High-Performance Schools Facilities Funding
  • Most Foundational: California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen)
  • Most Historic: Assembly Bill 4420 (Sher), GHG Inventory, Climate Change Planning of 1988
  • Most Brilliant: Senate Bill 1, The California Solar Initiative of 2006
  • Most Energizing: Senate Bill X1 2 (Simitian), 33% RPS by 2020, of 2011
  • Most Sweeping: Senate Bill 375 (Steinberg) Sustainable Communities of 2008
  • Most Creative: Assembly Bill 811 (Levine), Assessment-based Financing of 2008
  • Most Inspiring: The Sacramento Region for the Greenwise Action Plan of 2010
  • Most Market Transforming: Alameda County's for green building grants and technical assistance since 2001
  • Most Visionary: Los Angeles for adopting one of the first green building ordinances that helped start a city-wide green building movement in 2002
  • Best Role Model: The City of San Francisco for advancing a comprehensive package of green building policies and incentives since 2004
  • Best Residential Partnership: Western Riverside County Council of Governments (WRCOG) for financing residential and commercial energy retrofits in 2011
  • Best Leadership by Example: Oakland for its inclusive approach to building green by working with local green building organizations to grow the area's green building practice since 2005
  • Most Collaborative: Palm Desert for implementing a plan to increase energy independence and reduce energy usage by 30 percent in 2008
  • Best School: Napa Valley Unified's American Canyon High School Campus for sustainable planning that anchored a community in 2008
  • Most Versatile: The City of Chula Vista for incorporating a suite of climate protection policies centered on a commitment to building green in 2008
  • Most in Team Spirit: The County of Santa Barbara's Innovative Building Review Program (IBRP) advises developers how to make their projects more energy efficient at no cost, since 2009

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