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This week, the Portland City Council unanimously approved a green building resolution, requiring all municipally owned new construction and major renovations building projects to be built to LEED Silver standard with additional energy credits to meet the energy and carbon reduction goals of the Architecture 2030 Challenge.
"The climate is changing faster now than any time in the past 500,000 years.
The public wants change - is demanding change - and cities must take the lead to make it happen," stated Mayor Jill Duson.
"Since buildings are the single largest contributor to carbon emissions to the earth's atmosphere, it makes sense for us to reach our carbon reduction goals by targeting buildings." Portland was the first city to sign on to the Governor's Carbon Challenge during Duson's first term as Mayor.
The ordinance requires all municipally owned or occupied new construction and renovation projects over 5,000 square feet with a total construction cost of more than $250,000, and all new city-funded private construction and renovation projects over 10,000 square feet with a total construction cost of $250,000, be....
That's a really good way to protect our enviroment!
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