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BPC’s Jennifer Macedonia: Clean Power Plan Creates Space for Multistate Collaboration

The final Clean Power Plan rule released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clears a path for multistate collaboration on emissions reduction, says Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) senior advisor Jennifer Macedonia, adding:

Statement by Mark Wenzler, Senior Vice President of Conservation Programs for the National Parks...

“National Parks Conservation Association applauds the Obama Administration for adopting its Clean Power Plan, an enormously important step toward reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s electricity generators. There are numerous outdated coal-fired power plants around the nation that are the number one source of carbon dioxide and of other pollutants that impair the health of our parks and their visitors.

CLPHA: Rep. Waters’ MTW Bill Would Undermine Progress In Meeting The Housing Needs...

Legislation recently introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters, HR 3424, the “Moving to Work Reform Act of 2015,” would undermine and reverse major progress made by housing authorities in meeting the housing needs of low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities in their communities. The legislation would also unduly restrict additional housing authorities from initiating more efficient and effective housing strategies. CLPHA strongly opposes the legislation.

Wind energy a major solution under Clean Power Plan

Wind energy can provide a majority of the clean power that states will need to comply with the government’s new rule to reduce carbon pollution from electric power plants, U.S. industry leaders said today, and it can save consumers money doing so.

Building Innovation 2016 Conference Track One to Provide the Guidance, Set the Groundwork

The U.S. building industry is facing significant challenges: addressing the impacts of climate change; achieving sustainability; assuring asset and community resilience; and managing risk. At the same time, it is widely recognized as a fragmented industry with divergent interests and priorities. The need and the opportunity to address these challenges—that affect the industry and the nation as a whole—has never been more critical, but it must be done through the implementation of strategic and collaborative approaches

IREM Real Estate Management Public Policy Victories

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) recently has contributed to several victories in public policies that will have a positive impact on real estate management professionals and organizations.

EPA RELEASES HISTORIC CLEAN POWER PLAN TO CUT EMISSIONS AND PROTECT WILDLIFE AND THE...

Today the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the centerpiece of President Obama’s groundbreaking climate change strategy, the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The United States’ most ambitious action yet taken to combat climate change, the CCP sets the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants, gives states the opportunity to craft implementation plans tailored to their needs and provides opportunities for new jobs and lower energy costs across the nation.

NLIHC President and CEO Sheila Crowley Honored as One of “HousingWire’s” Women of Influence...

HousingWire honored Sheila Crowley, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), as one of this year’s 40 influential women in housing for her leadership on “the nationwide effort to secure funding for the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), the new dedicated resource for the production of new housing affordable to the lowest income people.”

MBA’s Marcia Davies Honored Among HousingWire’s 2015 Women of Influence

Marcia Davies, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has been honored as one of HousingWire's 2015 Women of Influence. The list, in its fifth year, honors "40 leaders who range from servicers and lenders to tech innovators and heads of nonprofit organizations." As COO, Davies is the second highest ranked executive within MBA

Energy Efficiency Plays Key Role In Achieving Modern American Energy Economy Through EPA’s Clean...

“Through its fundamental commitment to flexibility, local choice, and cost-effectiveness, the Clean Power Plan sets the stage for a market-based transformation of the U.S. power sector that promises to help secure the nation’s prosperity for decades to come. In this competition of technologies and ideas as well as dollars and cents, energy efficiency has a remarkable opportunity to demonstrate its superior value proposition as the cheapest, cleanest, quickest, and most reliable way to reduce CO2 emissions and tackle climate change

Appraisal Institute Honors 8 National Award Winners

John P. Fredrickson, MAI, SRA, of Walla Walla, Washington; Jerome Haims, MAI, SRA, of New York; and Richard A. Stephens, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Little Rock, Arkansas, were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Michael V. Tankersley, MAI, SRA, AI-RRS, of Lewisburg, Tennessee, was named the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award during the Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting Wednesday in Dallas.

Jim Murrett Elected 2016 Appraisal Institute Vice President

James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA, of Hamburg, New York, was elected 2016 vice president of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers Thursday by its Board of Directors in Dallas. Murrett’s one-year term at the Appraisal Institute will begin Jan. 1, followed by one year each as president-elect, president and immediate past president

NAHB Members Celebrate National Building Systems Week

Members of the Building Systems Councils (BSC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will celebrate National Building Systems Week Aug. 2 - 8 by offering model home tours, demonstrations and much more. This week-long national event aims to educate consumers on the differences between system-built homes versus traditional stick built homes and provide them with the information they need when planning for a new home.

13A Tenant Outreach Program RFQ

The Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) seeks qualified organizations and individuals to provide tenant outreach services for tenants currently residing at expiring use 13A properties. This Tenant Outreach Program (TOP) will provide information to tenants at all expiring use 13A developments

State Attorneys General Unite, Taking Action on Final Water Rule

Thirty-one attorneys general from states nationwide have united in sending a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). They are seeking a delay in the implementation of the controversial “Waters of the U.S.” final rule published on June 29. The rule would significantly increase the permitting requirements, and associated costs, for property owners and developers without necessarily resulting in improved water quality.

The Solar Industry Applauds EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Calling President Obama’s signature climate change policy both “historic” and “critically needed,” the solar industry issued its strong support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, scheduled to be released on Monday, urging states to consider solar as a clean, affordable, reliable and carbon-free solution

BTEC to Create First Thermal Efficiency Test Method for Commercial Sized Biomass-Fired Boilers

Today The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) announced plans to release a draft of the first thermal efficiency test method designed specifically for commercial-sized boilers that utilize solid biomass as a fuel stock (including pellets, chips, briquettes, and cordwood). The project responds to concerns that a lack of reasonable testing standards for biomass systems can make it difficult for specifiers to provide the owner of a biomass system with a clear distinction between the performance of high-efficiency, low-emission equipment and less satisfactory performers

Senate Energy Committee Action On Energy Efficiency Somewhat Schizophrenic

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved two bills that include provisions to advance energy efficiency in the U.S. Most unfortunately and curiously, one of the bills reported also includes an untenable provision that unduly hampers energy efficiency gains by delaying the establishment of new efficiency standards for furnaces.

Register for First Ever AGC Utility Infrastructure Conference at ICUEE

AGC will be hosting its first ever Utility Infrastructure Conference (link is external), Sept. 29–Oct. 1 in Louisville, Kentucky. Join other contractors, owners and key industry constituents involved in every aspect of utility infrastructure construction for high-quality education sessions, the premier utility construction equipment expo, and networking opportunities

Green Building Standards Take Next Step Forward

After two years of negotiations, residential green building standards are taking the next step forward. Specifically, the leading building code organizations have partnered to develop a singular green building code. This code combines elements from their various codes and standards – providing jurisdictions with a comprehensive set of green principles for legislative and regulatory approval.

NAHB Calls on EPA to Terminate Water Rule Following Corps’ Revelation

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately withdraw final regulations that would dramatically expand the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. This renewed call is based on new evidence that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers believes EPA used flawed technical and scientific analysis in crafting the regulation that was so indefensible that the Corps demanded that it be distanced from the rule

HBA HONORED WITH NATIONAL AWARD

The National Association of Home Builders presented the Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock (HBA-GLR) with the award: Best Membership Recruitment/Retention Plan. NAHB presented this honor at the Association of Excellence Awards Ceremony in Pittsburgh, PA.

ULI to Use National Survey to Help Local Leaders Better Understand Resident Preferences, Build...

The Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global research and education institute dedicated to leadership in land use, is launching a new initiative to help four U.S. cities – Charlotte, N.C.; Detroit, Philadelphia and San Jose, Calif. – better understand what people value in their communities in order to build more livable, successful cities. The initiative will connect the national results of ULI’s biannual survey of consumers regarding housing, transportation and communities to local data and regional trends for each of the cities to help them plan for the future.

NHC encourages states to use energy efficiency in affordable housing to meet federal goals

With the federal Clean Power Plan rule coming soon, states will have to begin planning for how to meet federal requirements to reduce carbon emissions. Housing should play a role in those plans because the built environment offers ways to not only reduce pollution but also reduce energy costs, improve health and make housing more affordable. The National Housing Conference (NHC) urges states and housing stakeholders to ensure that energy efficiency in affordable housing becomes a part of every state’s plan.

Formerly homeless seniors thrive at affordable housing community

EAH Housing and Community Solutions are working together to change the lives of formerly homeless residents at Bella Terra apartments. "It's a big difference from then to now. It's like going from nothing to making your life better and that's all I've been doing. Living here is a whole big change, I feel free," said William Miller, 58, who spent more than a decade living homeless.

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Appoints New IT Administrator

Davis Foley has been appointed as the Information Technology (IT) Help Desk Coordinator/Systems Administrator at the nonprofit Peoples’ Self-Help Housing for its operations in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, PSHH President/CEO John Fowler has announced. PSHH is an affordable housing and services provider headquartered in San Luis Obispo

Wind energy lowest-cost solution for meeting the Clean Power Plan

American wind power can help states affordably and reliably comply with the pending Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants, with independent studies confirming wind will play the largest role in the lowest-cost compliance mix.

BOMA INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF ACCESSIBILITY IN COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is pleased to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In the more than two decades since the landmark legislation was signed into law, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability and guaranteeing the rights of people with disabilities, BOMA International has continued to serve as an industry leader in supporting the efforts of building owners and managers to improve the accessibility of commercial properties.

Refinance Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 0.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 24, 2015

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What You Must Do Before Moving

Real estate prices are rising in many of the metropolitan areas across the United States, and that’s got some thinking about a better quality of life. Tech is thriving and very portable, so many workers can relocate across state lines without jumping through a lot of hoops. It sounds like a great dream, and it is, but there are some real factors to consider first.

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Secretary Zinke Announces $94.3 Million to States for Parks and Outdoor...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that $94.3 million will be distributed for outdoor recreation and conservation projects to the 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing. These funds are awarded through federal matching grants that leverage public and private investment in America’s state and local public parks.