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Statewide: 2019 State Advocacy Day

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • 10:00 AM
  • Austin, Texas

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2019 STATE ADVOCACY DAY
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2019

10:00 AM

About Advocacy Day
State Advocacy Day is our biennial coordinated advocacy outreach to Texas state legislators and lawmakers. Armed with an engaged coalition, our goal is to expand Texas Green Building Advocacy dialogue with legislators and with each other to gain momentum during this legislative session.

We will begin the event with volunteer training and preparation. Then continue at the Texas State Capitol, where volunteers will have the opportunity to meet with their representatives to voice their concerns and support for potential legislation. 

Narrative of Priorities(download link)

The Chapter’s focus goes beyond individual buildings to sustainability more broadly, including water conservation and protection, land use planning and conservation, multimodal transportation and urban redevelopment. At USGBC, we work with government, member businesses, and allied organizations to support policies and programs that advance greener buildings and communities for a better planet and a better future.

USGBC Texas has five broad Advocacy priorities:

Government Leadership by Example

We assert green building as a priority in Texas and make inroad relationships with legislators

  • Every two years we host Texas State Advocacy Day, a chance for volunteer advocates to discuss the promotion of green building legislation
  • Past activities: Green Building Resolution (HR 1617) in the 83rd Legislative Session

Private Sector Market Transformation

We strive to highlight green building as a driving force for smart development in the private sector

  • Past activities: support of PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) statute during in the 83rd Legislative Session and ongoing support of the Texas PACE program

Raising the Bar on Codes and Regulations

Local adoption of green building codes is beneficial for both businesses and the environment and Texas should set the standard for the adoption of sustainable development practices

  • Past activities: during the 84th Legislative Session, the statewide adoption of the IECC 2015 code was allowed with HB 1736 and took effect in 2017 

Community-wide Sustainability

Promote community-wide sustainability including advocacy work and education at state and local levels, providing advocacy support for local sustainability plans

  • We plan to continue our efforts with the Urban Affairs Committee and sustainable/resilient development of hurricane-ravaged areas in Texas
  • Examples include our support for San Antonio’s SA Tomorrow plan and Resilient City efforts in Dallas and El Paso, along with supporting LEED for Neighborhood Development

Green Schools

Communicate the benefits of green schools to local school districts through our members and with the Green Schools Caucus to emphasize the 3 pillars of a green school:

1. Reduced environmental impacts and costs

2. Improved occupant health and wellness

3. Effective environmental and sustainability education through  Green Apple Day of Service


USGBC Texas Chapter is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 1801 Royal Lane, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75229

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