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A piece of legislation before the District of Columbia Council could position the nation’s capital as a leader in the green building movement. If the District of Columbia Green Building Act of 2006 passes, Washington DC will become the first major metropolis to force developers to meet LEED standards. Smaller cities, such as Pasadena and Santa Monica, CA, have already enacted similar laws.

The proposed legislation would require developers to obtain green certification from the local government for nearly all new construction. The bill adopts the US Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System, which, at minimum, requires certification.

The guidelines address such concerns as reducing water and energy usage.

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