By Melissa Wackerle, Sr. Director, Sustainable Practice & Knowledge
Some of you may have seen defunding EPA's Energy Star program for a fee-based system in the news related to the Trump administrations budget recommendation.
Although this budget recommendation is unlikely to advance, AIA staff are working with a coalition of partners to respond to the budget request. This isn't first time the Energy Star program has been on the chopping block by the current administration. Last year we signed a series of coalition letters, and also provided our own letter to the Appropriations Committee as part of their formal comment process as they developed their appropriations bill. The committee is currently accepting input from other members of Congress but not yet from outside stakeholders – this took place in May of last year. We have not seen our coalitions ramping up letters yet on this yet, but they are discussing it. We expect that soon, both the Alliance to Save Energy and the High Performance Building Coalition will start this process. You can learn more about 2017 efforts to support EPA in this Advocacy blog post from last year:
In addition to our coalition work, AIA will likely send our own letter in support of Energy Star.