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    Green building policy - state and local examples

    Does anyone know of a good "best practices" source for green building policy (incentive programs and regulatory tools)?

    I've looked at DSIRE and the USGBC site, but they list every policy out there, rather than any particularly innovative and exemplary ones.

    I'm looking for any source: academic papers, journals, web sites, books, etc.

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    The City of Boston is now requiring LEED certification for all new mid and high-rise development - I don't have a link handy, but I believe they're the first to codify a Green construction requirement like this.

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    Here is a Smithsonian Magazine article covering some best practices.

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/scienc...le.html?page=2

    The article mentions Portland, OR which has been at the forfront of the movement. You also cannot go wrong with Seattle, WA.
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    Quote Originally posted by MacheteJames View post
    The City of Boston is now requiring LEED certification for all new mid and high-rise development - I don't have a link handy, but I believe they're the first to codify a Green construction requirement like this.
    Here's the link:
    http://www.cityofboston.gov/bra/pdf/.../Article37.pdf

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    Boston is certainly joining the fray

    along with the usual suspects (SF, Seattle, Portland), and with some unexpected cities, like Chicago and DC. I'd be interested to see what small and mid-size cities are accomplishing, given their leverage (real estate-wise) is less than the big cities.

    I also found a pretty good site, if anyone is interested:

    Green Playbook

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    The East Central Florida Regional Planning Council has published a Green Pages document which has some industry standards as well as measuring guidelines and places to solicit other information. We (in Florida) use it for our Development of Regional Impact (DRI) review process at the Regional level. You may find some of the information useful....

    www.ecfrpc.org

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    Post Carbon Cities

    This site is a great resource for Peak Oil related issues.

    http://postcarboncities.net/

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    Here's a good site with a number ordinances regarding green building.

    http://www.newrules.org/electricity/solar.html

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