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Senate committee approves green building bill

A bill that would set green building standards for all public buildings in Wisconsin is ready for Senate and Assembly votes.

The Senate Committee on Ethics Reform and Government Operations, on a 4-1 vote Thursday, approved the bill. The Senate sponsor is state Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, and its Assembly sponsor is state Rep. Louis Molepske Jr., D-Stevens Point.

After introducing the bill last month, Molepske offered a number of amendments, including opening the third-party verification field so that certification is not only attainable through the U.S. Green Building Council. He also removed a portion of the bill that would have allowed local governments to exceed the state’s energy code for one- and two-family homes.

Risser said in a press release Thursday that the bill can help public buildings save energy resources and tax dollars.

The bill now awaits votes before the full Senate and Assembly.

One comment

  1. David A. Wessely

    Wisconsin needs a bill to instruct the ‘public workers in charge of managing our public buildings to “save energy resources and tax dollars” why?

    Should not this instruction be part of their ‘job description and responsibility’ ?

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