ASLA supports legislation that creates high-wage green-collar jobs and revitalizes the economy through clean energy investments, particularly green roof tax incentives.
Background & Analysis
Introduced by Senator Maria Cantwell (WA), S. 320, The Clean Energy Stimulus and Investment Assurance Act is legislation geared toward creating high-wage green-collar jobs and revitalizing the economy through clean energy investments. ASLA worked with Senator Cantwell’s office to ensure that a section of the bill was dedicated to green roof tax incentives.
The intent of the bill is to invigorate the economy through green-collar jobs for design professionals, manufacturers, nurseries, and installation and maintenance professionals. While a major portion of the projects that will be funded as a result of the stimulus package are large “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects, the Clean Energy Stimulus and Investment Assurance Act of 2009 (S. 320), particularly section 506 of the bill, will give a boost not only to the economy, but also to the environment by improving stormwater management, cutting energy consumption and costs, and lowering urban temperatures.
On January 26, 2009, Senator Maria Cantwell introduced S.320 in the Senate and it was referred to the Committee on Finance where it is awaiting further action.
Senator Maria Cantwell (WA)
Bill Text: S.320, the Clean Energy Stimulus and Investment Assurance Act of 2009
LAND Online Article on S.320
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