Illinois Legislates for Green Neighborhoods, Cities
Perhaps gearing up for the 2007 Chicago-hosted Greenbuild convention, Illinois recently passed two innovative green building laws. The first bill enacts a “smart cities” grant program to fund urban preservation, redevelopment, and green technology at the municipal level; it also creates a “green cities” grant program for municipalities whose buildings conform with “nationally recognized and accepted green buildings guidelines, standards, or systems.” The “green cities” grants may be used for new construction, existing buildings, commercial interiors, core and shell development, homes, schools, or neighborhood development. In a separate piece of legislation, the Green Neighborhood Grant Act provides funds of up to 1.5% of the total cost of up to three private developments that achieve certification under the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, currently being piloted by the U.S. Green Building Council. More information is available at www.ilga.gov/legislation; search for HB3394 and SB135.
Rachel, N. (2007, September 28). Illinois Legislates for Green Neighborhoods, Cities. Retrieved from https://www.buildinggreen.com/newsbrief/illinois-legislates-green-neighborhoods-cities