Politically, the County is heavily Democrat with a Democrat County Executive and County Council.
Observers are noting, if this anti-LEED sentiment can manifest it itself here it can happen anywhere.
Current State As a first step in this culture shift, Atlanta was compared with other cities in best practices research for sustainability, and the research indicated that Atlanta is already implementing more than a third of what needs to be done.
To reach the city’s full potential, the Office of Sustainability is working with departments across city government to improve current programs and policies and implement new ones.
The inititative is a refinement of Chicago DOT’s existing alley program which focused on creating more permeable surfaces.
Chicago alleyways, which outnumber those of any other city in the world, are lacking in proper sewer connections causing serious flooding issues.
Recent federal mandates have demonstrated the interconnection of these two concerns. EISA has reclassified energy and water as issues of national security.
These programs span the public, private, and non-profit sectors, and all have the goal of increasing energy efficiency and the sustainability of the built environment. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit trade organization that promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built and operated.
In the United States, governments and private organizations have established several sustainable design organizations and programs in green building. The USGBC is best known for the development of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and Greenbuild, a green building conference that promotes the green building industry.
Montgomery County, Maryland has proposed adopting the International Green Construction Code 2012.
At first blush this might sound like a good thing, until one considers that Montgomery County has long had mandatory green building laws for public and private construction, and the County today also offers significant incentives for green building.