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Help the USGBC-LI Save Long Island Jobs

Posted on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 @ 09:20 AM
usgbc-li,long island,pace,pace assessment protection act,jobs,save long island jobs,green building,u.s. green building council long island chapterDear Business Owner,

We would like to take this opportunity to ask you to help the USGBC-LI support the PACE Assessment Protection Act. The first PACE program in the nation designed to address energy efficiency was founded right here in Babylon , Long Island in 2008. These programs are expanding businesses, creating jobs, saving energy, eliminating tons of carbon dioxide emissions and helping our fellow homeowners across the country.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) finance programs are a local government solution that helps home and business owners finance energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements.  By providing owners with long-term financing options that are repaid through an assessment on property taxes, PACE provides financial security for home and business owners, creates jobs in the home improvement industry, and boosts manufacturing of clean and efficient technologies and products.

PACE has tremendous potential to create tens of thousands of local jobs, cut energy bills, reduce mortgage default risk, and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by spurring investment in clean energy improvements.

The U.S. Green Building Council - Long Island Chapter has created a page on our website for the PACE Assessment Protection Act where we posted a copy of the letter from the U.S. Green Building Council. At the bottom is a simple form where the USGBC-LI is collecting "signatures" from companies all over the country. We would like to ask business owners or representatives to visit the page and signup their business to the list on the USGBC-LI website. Also we would ask if you would please forward this email to all your contacts and friends who would be in position to sign the form. Considering that the PACE program, through the Long Island Green Homes Project, started on Long Island we are asking for your help to make the USGBC-LI the leaders throughout the Nation in garnering the much needed support from all our friends on Long Island and across the country. This affects all Americans. Time is of the essence. This campaign ends on August 25th, 2010 (the day after the USGBC-LI Clam Bake).
  • Green building will support 7.9 million U.S. jobs and pump $554 million into the American economy over the next few years (2009-2013)
  • Buildings represent 38.9% of U.S. primary energy use (includes fuel input for production)
  • Buildings are one of the heaviest consumers of natural resources and account for a significant portion of the greenhouse gas emissions that affect climate change. In the U.S., buildings account for 38% of all CO2 emissions
  • Buildings represent 72% of U.S electricity consumption
  • Buildings use 13.6% of all potable water, or 15 trillion gallons per year
  • Buildings use 40% of raw materials globally (3 billion tons annually)
  • The EPA estimates that 170 Million tons of building-related construction and demolition (C&D) debris was generated in the U.S. in 2003, with 61% coming from nonresidential and 39% from residential sources

How to "Sign-On":
Businesses do not need to sign a hard copy or provide a signature. The support is being collected electronically, so they can simply go to USGBC-LI website to read the letter and fill out their company name and address or (less preferable choice) email with their company name and address if they would like their business to be represented on the letter. They only need to send their business name and address which will indicate their willingness to sign onto the letter - that's it!

There is a section at the bottom of the on-line form that asks where/how you found out about this important initiative. Please be sure and ask that this also be filled out - ex. from a USGBC-LI email, or I was asked by someone from one of the USGBC-LI committees, or through an organization, or I was asked by "John Doe of xyz", etc. It will be very helpful to us in the future.

Note: we need business names, not names of any individuals.

What's Next?
USGBC national will then compile all of the businesses from around the country and put them all on one letter that will be sent to Congress in September. We will post that letter on the USGBC-LI website in September.

If you are a business owner please do NOT send the letters yourself - this is a group letter being compiled atUSGBC headquarters.

Thank you for showing your support. Please do not hesitate to contact the USGBC-LI for further information.


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