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Architecture 2030 E-News Bulletin 4


"Now that global warming is a recognized crisis, our nation can focus on solutions. More and more cities, states, firms and businesses are adopting and implementing the 2030 Challenge targets.”
-Edward Mazria

Major Victory in the Midwest
The Minnesota Sustainable Building 2030 Bill

The Architecture 2030 Challenge is now law in the state of Minnesota.

On May 8, Governor Tim Pawlenty signed the Minnesota Sustainable Building 2030 bill, which requires that buildings receiving state funding meet energy efficiency targets of the 2030 Challenge with a 60% reduction in 2010, 70% in 2015, 80% in 2020 and 90% in 2025.

Minnesota proponents of the Architecture 2030 Challenge testified in support of the bill to the Minnesota Senate and House Energy Committees. Architecture 2030 would like to thank Perkins+Will, The Weidt Group, Studio 2030, Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment, the University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research, LHB Architects, Architectural Alliance, the Green Institute, Indigenous Environmental Network and the many other individuals and organizations whose efforts helped secure this historic legislation.

Minnesota now joins the ranks of California, Illinois, Dallas, Santa Barbara, Richmond, Albuquerque, the Federal Government and others who are working to implement the 2030 Challenge targets. The Minnesota Sustainable Building 2030 Bill was authored by Representative Bill Hilty and Senator Yvonne Pretner Solon and co-authored by Senators Scott Dibble, Dave Senjem, Ellen Anderson and Julie Rosen and Representatives Jeremy Kalin, Brita Sailer, Kate Knuth, Alice Hausman, Bob Gunther, Matt Dean, Linda Slocum, Maria Ruud and David Bly.

View the Sustainable Building 2030 bill online (SF 2706 and HF 3401).

National Wildlife Federation Bestows
Top Honor to Edward Mazria

At their annual awards banquet in Keystone, Colorado last Saturday, the National Wildlife Federation awarded Architecture 2030 founder, Edward Mazria, with their most prestigious honor: the National Conservation Achievement Award. Mr. Mazria received this accolade in the Special Achievement category for his seminal work on the Building Sector's role in global warming.

The National Wildlife Federation's Conservation Achievement Awards have been presented annually since 1965. Recipients in 2007 included Vice President Al Gore, author and activist Bill McKibben, environmental champion Laurie David and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Download the Architecture 2030 press release here.

Innovative Company Offers Free Software
to Support the 2010 Imperative

Integrated Environmental Solutions is offering a free software license for their <Virtual Environment> to any school signed on to the 2010 Imperative.

For more information, read the official IES press release here.

  May 19, 2008

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