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How Green Is My Town is a Project of

Grassroots Environmental Education

Green Building Projects

Many cities and towns have found that fast-tracking or providing incentives for green building can accelerate the transition to sustainable development. These can include:

•  Tax incentives, especially tax abatements for buildings meeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) "silver" rating or higher accreditation.

• Increased Floor-to-Area Ratios (FAR) which allow developers to construct larger buildings than typically permitted by current zoning.

• Accelerated permit and building review processing for green building projects.

Queen Creek, AZ instituted a Green Building Policy in August 2007; their brochure explains the program's goals for sustainable, green building.
 

Superior, CO Green Building Program establishes green building standards through education, regulation, and incentives, which will promote and encourage high performing sustainable development and redevelopment within the town.
 

Babylon, NY Long Island Green Homes Program helps homeowners make energy efficiency improvements at no upfront cost to themselves.
 

Woodside, CA provides a Green Building Residential Measures Checklist to residents.  Green building standards apply to new buildings, alterations and additions.
 

Chapel Hill, NC developed a pilot program in the Ephesus-Fordham Form District that rebates construction permitting fees for projects that employ sustainable design principles targeting energy and water use.

The Colorado Green Building Guild provides an overview of local and regional green-home certification programs and highlights the leading providers of tools, resources and green building rating systems, for commercial properties.

The comprehensive 2016 report Sustainable Incentives Best Practices: A review of national sustainable incentive programs and policies was developed for the San Diego Unified Port District by the Center for Sustainable Energy.

The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy has a listing of various state and local programs for incentivizing green building. The largest, most comprehensive list is for California.

Resources

References

[1] Circo, C. J. (2008) Using mandates and Incentives to promote sustainable construction and green building projects in the private sector: call for more state land use policy initiatives. Penn State Law Review. http://www.pennstatelawreview.org/articles/112%20Penn%20St.%20L.%20Rev.%20731.pdf

[2] United States Green Building Council (N.A.) LEED and Multifamily Green Building Financing Incentives. https://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Multifamily-Green-Building-Financing-Incentives.pdf.

[3] Thomaier, S., et al. (2014). Farming in and on urban buildings: Present practice and specific novelties of Zero-Acreage Farming (ZFarming). Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 30(01), 43-54.

[4] Kibert, C. J. (2016). Sustainable Construction: Green Building design and delivery. Hoboken, NY: Wiley.