A note from NEEC’s Executive Director:
NEEC was in Olympia this week testifying in support of the SB 5293, the Clean Buildings Bill. As you might recall, Governor Inslee announced this bill in early December at our offices in the Smart Buildings Center when he announced his 2019 Clean Energy package. Our built environment is an important part of the strategy for reducing carbon emissions in the state as much as it is a contributor to the problem, and we are thrilled to see the legislature take up this issue and recognize the important role buildings play in decarbonizing the state. The bill has many components, but of note to our membership, it will establish a commercial building performance standard for buildings of 50,000 square feet or larger and provide for a utility administered incentive program as building owners undertake efforts to bring their buildings into compliance with the standard. This week’s hearing was the first of what we expect will be several hearings on the pathway to passing this important legislation. While NEEC will be there every step of the way, I can’t underscore the value your voices have in communicating the business community’s support for this bill. I was proud to testify beside two NEEC member companies as they voiced their support, and I hope to testify beside many more of you in subsequent hearings. If you have any interest in testifying in a hearing, please send me a note at Kerry.firstname.lastname@example.org. And if testifying in person isn’t possible, there are many ways to voice your support including submitting written testimony, signing onto a letter of support, and for those of you located in Washington state, writing to your representatives in the legislature.
Below are some talking points for legislator outreach:
Hello Rep./Sen. XYZ,
My name is and I am a constituent of the ___th district. I am an employee of ___________. As an employee of _______________, I wanted to express my support for the Governor’s Clean Buildings package and encourage you to sign-on as a co-sponsor. This package takes a comprehensive look at energy efficiency policy in our state and brings forward some critical pieces of new policy that help Washingtonians lower their utility bills, reduce their emissions, and keep their homes and businesses comfortable and resilient. There are a number of components to this bill, but I wanted to particularly highlight my support for the large commercial building performance standard and incentive program. This policy would address the largest and worst performing commercial buildings to help them retrofit and reduce emissions, and the infusion of state incentives would accelerate achievement and encourage new jobs in the retrofit market.
You can use this site to find the legislator for your district: https://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/