Policy & Advocacy

Green Building United approaches state and local policy efforts with an understanding that buildings are the primary driver of climate change in our region and by far the best opportunity to mitigate and to adapt to future climate impacts. 

Green Building United seeks to scale best practices through policy changes at the city and state levels with an emphasis on measuring impact and supporting implementation with technical assistance.

Green Building United Policy & Advocacy Committee

This committee of diverse professionals meets monthly to advocate for policy and legislation and to support implementation to advance a sustainable and healthy built environment.

Activities include:

  • Educating elected officials and staff on green building priorities through in-district meetings and lobby days
  • Serving on technical advisory committees on behalf of the organization
  • Providing testimony during committee hearings
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on legislation and regulations 
  • Signing and circulating letters of support for legislation
  • Assisting with creating educatonal materials and events 
  • Sharing policy updates and engagement opportunities with networks 

The committee meets on the first Thursday of each month from 8:30-9:30am. 

Policy & Advocacy Committee Volunteers

Committee Co-Chairs: Amy Cornelius and Ariella Maron

Sherman Aronson | Will Agate | Jeremy Avellino | Scott Compton | Sonia Dattaray | Alex DeNadai | Bob Ellis | Kit Elsworth | Bradley Gay | Don Haas | Elizabeth Hahn | Mike Heaney | David Hincher | Michelle Jordan | Michael Jouaneh | David Lemons | Justin Lyon | Ariella Maron | Dom McGraw | Uma Pattarkine | Meenal Raval | Daeen Salam | David Salamon | Maki San Miguel Paulson | Christian Saveoz | Maddy Schuh | Brian Smiley | Kristen Suzda | Bahareh van Boekhold | Lindsey Walaski | Natalie Walker | Jennifer Wampler | Emily Wei


What did we accomplish in 2020?

Building Energy Performance Policy regulations finalized 
Green Building United members participated in numerous stakeholder engagement sessions to help craft regulatory language for the Building Energy Performance Policy (BEPP.) The bill, passed by City Council in late 2019, requires all non-residential buildings of 50,000 square feet and larger to either certify high performance or conduct a “tune-up” to improve efficiency in existing building systems.

What are we working on in 2021?

  • Ensuring our members are educated and prepared to comply (building owners/managers) and perform tune-ups (CEMs and PEs) with the Building Energy Performance Policy. 
  • Advancing a suite of climate bills in Philadelphia City Council.


What did we accomplish in 2020?

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative’s rulemaking process advanced 

Green Building United members participated in the public comment process to encourage Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) by submitting letters of support to the Department of Environmental Protection and delivering testimony in online hearings. RGGI is a program to limit carbon pollution produced by power plants. 

City of Bethlehem’s Climate Action Plan stakeholder meetings and technical workshops 

Green Building United members participated on a technical advisory committee to develop the City of Bethlehem's first climate action plan

What are we working on in 2021?

  • Engaging with the Review and Advisory Council's review of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code. 
  • Defending RGGI against legislative attack. 
  • Expanding Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing to apply to more project types. 
  • Improving the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard and enabling community solar to scale renewable energy statewide. 
  • Participating in Phase IV of Pennsylvania’s Act 129 to ensure that the new rebate and incentive programs maximize energy use reduction from Pennsylvania’s major electric distribution companies . 


What did we accomplish in 2020?

2018 International Energy Conservation Code adopted without amendment statewide 

Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) adopted the 2018 International Codes for residential and commercial buildings, following the lead of Philadelphia. GBU provided technical comments in support of adoption without amendment to preserve the maximum energy efficiency benefits. 

Stretch code adopted in Newark, DE  

Green Building United supported Newark's adoption of a green building stretch code that, using the 2018 International Codes as its basis, encourages projects to further improve upon energy conservation, resource conservation, and indoor environmental quality.

State of Delaware’s Climate Action Plan stakeholder meetings and technical workshops 

Green Building United members participated on a technical advisory committee to develop a climate action plan for the State of Delaware. 

What are we working on in 2021?

  • Early victory! Delaware’s State Senate passed a bill to increase the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard to 40 percent and to remove the cost cap that limited the proliferation of renewable energy projects. GBU hosted an educational event in December 2020 for state elected officials and advocates on the renewable energy landscape in the state and participated in hearings and stakeholder meetings in the lead up to the bill’s passage.
  • Amending the community solar statute to promote the proliferation of community-owned energy generation. 
  • Defining Delaware’s zero net energy capable standard for new construction that is slated to take effect in 2025 for residential and 2030 for commercial buildings to ensure that energy efficiency, electrification, and clean energy are appropriately advanced.   

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