Philadelphia to pass green building bill

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Mayor Michael Nutter will join Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown in signing Bill 080025, which requires that new construction and major renovations of City government buildings be certified at a LEED-Silver (green building) rating.

According to the City of Philadelphia: On December 10, 2009 City Council passed Bill No. 080025, introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, which calls for new construction and major renovation of large City government buildings to be designed, constructed, and certified at the silver level of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council. 

Mayor Nutter will be joined by Councilwoman Reynolds Brown to sign the bill. The ceremony will take place in the Mayor's Reception Room, Room 202 in City Hall. Please enter City Hall from the NE entrace at JFK/Juniper and sign in with security before heading up to the second floor.

Mayor's Reception Room, City Hall 202
Tuesday, January 19th
10:30am (end time app. 11am)

PEC is excited about the City's first piece of Green Building legislation and encourages you to attend!

Bill 080025 was first introduced into City Council by Blondell Reynolds Brown on January 24, 2008 upon the recommendation of the PEC report, Building Green: Overcoming Barriers in Philadelphia. The report identified that "the lack of good examples of green buildings and green technologies in the city inhibits adoption by both the public and private sectors and that the private sector owners are often reluctant to take the risk of trying something new." The solution put forth, and now enacted, is for the City of Philadelphia to "lead by example, implementing green strategies and proven technologies on City projects before asking the private sector to step up to the plate."After several rounds of discussion and input by DVGBC and others, the bill was finally amended and passed by City Council on December 10, 2009 in a vote 17 for, and none against. This bill will require all new municipally owned properties to achieve a LEED Silver certification. If you would like to read the bill, you may download it here.Your attendance will help demonstrate our strong and continued support for the City's adoption of robust Green Building policy.