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Legislative

 

Throughout the year, the Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council interacts with our State legislators on legislative matters that are relevant to our mission. We also strive to provide a valuable resource for our legislators through our network of volunteers. Our volunteers are professionals in a wide-range of industries related to our built environment, and as such, we believe they collectively have an exceptionally deep and broad understanding of issues related to energy efficiency, green building, and of course, LEED certification. Each legislative session, the KY USGBC also reviews, researches and discusses relevant proposed legislation. Following this inclusive process, the KY USGBC then lends its support to certain bills or resolutions as deemed appropriate and germane to our mission. Below is a list of legislation that the KY USGBC has supported and advocated for each year. Some of these bills or resolutions have been topics of discussion between our volunteers and their representatives during our annual Advocacy Day in Frankfort.

 

2013

HR 69: 
Overview: This resolution seeks to recognize the benefits of high performance schools, or “green schools,” including but not limited to benefits such as healthier spaces, more environmentally friendly places, energysavings, cost-savings for taxpayers, educational facilities integrated into learning curriculum, and other less tangible benefits. The resolution also promotes awareness that “green schools” can now be built at or below the cost of conventional schools, and recognizes several tools that can be used to achieve green schools, including LEED for Schools, LEED for Existing Buildings, ASHRAE Standard 189.1, Energy Star and the Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings, among other possibilities. Finally and most importantly, the resolution states that all children in the Commonwealth of Kentucky should have the opportunity to attend a green school, and encourages action and legislation that will help ensure that there is at least one green school in every county within this generation, by the year 2030 when children born today during this school year will start graduating from high school.

 

HCR 15:

Overview: This resolution urges the Energy and Environment Cabinet, through DEDI, to develop an action plan for energy efficiency consistent with the existing voluntary minimum goal of a one percent per year energy use reduction through 2025, and requests reports to the Special Subcommittee on Energy. The Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council supports the energy-use reduction goals of this resolution, as consistent with the energy consumption reduction aspects of LEED and related goals of the Chapter.

 

HB 66:

Overview: This bill seeks to make efficiency and effectiveness corrections to amendments to KRS 211.9109, 211.9111, and 211.9113 during the 2012 legislative session, which the Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council supported, and which related to the certification and training of radon contractors.

 

HB 213:

Overview: This bill amends portions of KRS Ch 224.01 to expand available tax credits for remediating qualified property under the voluntary environmental remediation program. Revisions include increasing the available credit to $500,000 and allowing the tax credit to insure to the benefit of the current, remediating, property owner and subsequent owners. The Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council supports this bill primarily for its encouragement of remediation efforts, potential to revitalize the underutilized voluntary environmental remediation program, and potential to encourage out-of-state owners interested in remediation to remediate property vital to Kentucky communities rather than in other states.

 

2012

HB 146 

  • AN ACT relating to green cleaning products in schools.

HB 187 

  • AN ACT relating to net metering.

HB 255 

  • AN ACT relating to the promotion of energy efficiency and making an appropriation therefor.

 

2011

HB 247 

  • AN ACT relating to radon contractors and making an appropriation therefor. 

 

2010

HR 24

  • Endorse the creation of a General Assembly Green Schools Caucus in support of efforts tobuild more energy-efficient, water-efficient, and environmentally sustainable K-12 schools.

SR 90 

  • Endorse the creation of a General Assembly Green Schools Caucus in support of efforts tobuild more energy-efficient, water-efficient, and environmentally sustainable K-12 schools.