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Rhode Island adds SITES and LEED ND to its Green Buildings Act | U.S. Green Building Council

Rhode Island adds SITES and LEED ND to its Green Buildings Act | U.S. Green Building Council

The Ocean State has taken a big step toward embracing sustainable development and landscapes. Building on the state’s eight-year legacy of green public buildings policy, the Rhode Island legislature has passed a bill to expand its coverage to include public lands. The Senate passed S-0952A/H-5427A, amending the state’s Green Buildings Act, to apply to any “public real property site” in addition to public buildings, and specifying the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) and LEED for Neighborhood Development as applicable rating systems for certification. This move makes Rhode Island the first state in the nation to reference the SITES rating system in public policy. Since 2010, the state has been applying LEED in its newly constructed state-funded facilities, but starting immediately, state and local governments working on new projects that address the space between buildi...

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