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Gifford v. USGBC - Dismissed (But Not on the Merits)
Posted on 1 Sep 2011 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald, Partner, McCarter & English One of the more infuriating things about lawyers is that often, if they do their job right, their client wins and no one else benefits from it. This is what happened on August 15 before Judge Sand... Read More

Cleantech Focus Chicago Investigates Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment
Posted on 26 Jul 2010 by Malcolm Dowden

Executives from Good Energies, IBM, Ice Energy, Johnson Controls, Lemnis Lighting, Philips Solid State Lighting, Redwood Systems, VantagePoint Venture Partners and Veolia among those to Speak SAN FRANCISCO – The Cleantech Group , the leading... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: President Directs Federal Agencies to Enter Into $2 Billion Worth of Energy Efficiency Contracts for Buildings
Posted on 29 Dec 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On December 2, 2011, President Barack Obama directed federal agencies to enter into at least $2 billion worth of contracts over the next two years to improve government buildings'... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Dept. of Energy and ASHRAE Sign Memorandum of Agreement to Develop Energy Efficiency Standards for Buildings
Posted on 9 Aug 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On July 25, 2011, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) announced that they had signed a memorandum... Read More

Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment Featured at Cleantech Focus Chicago
Posted on 27 Jul 2010 by Malcolm Dowden

By Malcolm Dowden, Solicitor and Environmental Law Consultant On 22 July 2010 Senate majority leader Harry Reid conceded that there would be no comprehensive legislation this year to address climate change. Withdrawal of the Kerry-Lieberman Bill leaves... Read More

Energy Reduction Verification and the UK’s mandatory energy efficiency scheme
Posted on 26 Jul 2010 by Malcolm Dowden

By Malcolm Dowden, Solicitor and Environmental Law Consultant The UK Environment Agency’s CRC Project Executive Andrew Hitchings has confirmed the British Standards Institute’s ‘Kitemark’ scheme for Energy Reduction Verification... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Obama Administration Launches Better Buildings Challenge
Posted on 8 Jul 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On June 30 th , the Department of Energy announced the Better Buildings Challenge , a public-private partnership that seeks to solicit large-scale commitments and provide financing... Read More

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing: Recent Controversy and Litigation
Posted on 29 Nov 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP There is a continuing controversy over Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, which provides loans for improving energy efficiency in buildings. Property Assessed Clean... Read More

Recent Trends, Current Uses, Legal Issues and New Business Opportunities with the ASTM Building Energy Performance Assessment (BEPA) Standard
Posted on 20 Jun 2011 by Mark Bennett, Leanne Tobias & David Freeman

By Mark Bennett, Leanne Tobias and David Freeman, Attorneys at Law ASTM's 2011 Building Energy Performance Assessment standard (BEPA) is a landmark development for the measurement of energy performance in commercial buildings. In this article... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Court Refuses to Dismiss Lawsuit Concerning PACE Program in California
Posted on 15 Sep 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP A federal court in California recently issued a decision, California ex rel. Harris v. Fed. Hous. Fin. Agency, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96235 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 26, 2011) , partially... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: New York Passes Innovative Financing Mechanism for Improving Building Energy Efficiency
Posted on 2 Jul 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On June 22, 2011, the New York State Legislature passed The Power NY Act of 2011 (A. 8510/S. 5844) (PNY Act).[1] Governor Cuomo is expected to sign it. The new law, once enacted... Read More

LexisNexis® Environmental Law and Climate Change Community Podcast: Mark Bennett, Leanne Tobias and David Freeman on ASTM's Building Energy Performance Assessment Standard.
Posted on 7 Jul 2011 by LexisNexis Legal Business Community Staff

On this edition, Mark Bennett of Miller Canfield, Leanne Tobias of Malachite LLC and David Freeman of Paul Hastings LLC discuss ASTM's Building Energy Performance Assessment Standard (BEPA). They provide an overview of the standard, review how it... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Department of Energy Will Use Full-Fuel-Cycle Analysis When Determining Energy Conservation Standards for Appliances
Posted on 31 Aug 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On August 18, 2011, the Department of Energy said in a policy statement (Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Statement... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: New York City Announces Program to Test Green Products in City-Owned Buildings
Posted on 31 May 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP In May 2011, New York City announced that it is accepting applications for the Municipal Entrepreneurial Testing System (METS) , a new program that will allow startup companies... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: New Study Calls into Question the Offsetting Potential of White Roofs
Posted on 29 Nov 2011 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Adam Riedel U.S. Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu has consistently touted the benefits of white or reflective roofs and "cool pavements" (white or lightly colored pavements) in combating climate change, and has even mandated that all new... Read More