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Regional Impact


Florida-based volunteers
visiting with legislators
in Tallahassee


Individual meetings with
Senators and Representatives


Major piece of legislation passed after a Florida Capital Legislative Day that all county, municipal, school district, water management district, state university, Florida College System institution, and state court buildings shall be constructed to comply with a sustainable building rating system or a national model green building code the architectural plans of which are commenced after July 1, 2008. 

Legislative Day in Tallahassee

As the USGBC Florida Chapter's boots-on-the-state-capital's-ground, the Florida Capital Region runs point on "USGBC Legislative Day" in Tallahassee for their sister Regions.  

Legislative Day consists of USGBC volunteers and staff from each of the seven Regions traveling to Tallahassee during "session" to visit with "their" elected officials in the Florida House of Representatives and The Florida Senate.  

Well rehearsed and armed with facts and numbers, our private, upbeat meetings with legislators underscore that our nonprofit organization and its members stand ready to assist their offices and committees in the development, understanding and implementation of the rules, legislation and policies that are tied to an approach to building that is both ecologically and economically sustainable.  In other words, we talk turkey about important topics that will continue to allow Floridians to prosper.  

We leave elected officials with materials to review, a positive impression of the USGBC and the importance of our focus, and an invitation to reach out to us anytime to actively engage with them and their committees, hearings and constituencies on these critical issues. 

During most Legislative Day visits, our discussions focus not only on helping elected officials understand the financial, social and political value of a sustainable built environment in Florida, but also on specific policy issues and pending legislation. For example, the importance of green schools and legislation aimed at promoting energy efficiency in State and Federal buildings are two of the topics that have been at the forefront of conversations.  

This type of targeted legislative strategy complements USGBC Florida's Regions' advocacy efforts "at home".  To learn more about the Chapter's advocacy and policy efforts, click here.  

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