California to Require all New Buildings to be Green

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This is monumental, definitely top ten for 2008 material.

California is requiring that all new construction voluntarily be green, with minimum standards of 15 percent building energy reduction, 20 percent water reduction and up to 50 percent reduction in landscaping water use.

This will be a major way the state reduces carbon under AB 32, as buildings in California account for about 25 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions.

Regulations will become mandatory in either mid-2010 or the beginning of 2011, announced Rosario Marin, California Building Standards Commission Chairwoman. Marin is the former US Treasurer (under Bush), and a friend of Maria Shriver's.

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    Warren Karlenzig
Warren Karlenzig, Common Current founder and president, has worked with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (lead co-author United Nations Shanghai Manual: A Guide to Sustainable Urban Development in the 21st Century, 2011); United Nations Center for Regional Development (training of mayors from 13 Asian nations on city sustainable economic development and technology); provinces of Guizhou and Guangdong, China (urban sustainability master planning and green city standards); the United States White House and Environmental Protection Agency (Eco-Industrial Park planning and Industrial Ecology primer); the nation of South Korea ("New Cities Green Metrics"); The European Union ("Green and Connected Cities Initiative"); the State of California ("Comprehensive Recycling Communities" and "Sustainable Community Plans"); major cities; and the world's largest corporations developing policy, strategy, financing and critical operational capacities for 20 years.

Present and recent clients include the Guangzhou Planning Agency; the Global Forum on Human Settlements; the Shanghai 2010 World Expo Bureau; the US Department of State; the Asian Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainability; the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; the non-governmental organization Ecocity Builders; a major mixed-use real estate development corporation; an educational sustainability non-profit; and global corporations. Read more here.

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