Rhode Island Passes SITES® Bill

The latest advance

The state of Rhode Island continues to lead by example in establishing sustainable energy and green building policy. This fall the Rhode Island governor signed into law legislation that calls for the use of Sustainable SITES Initiative® standards and LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) on public projects. Specifically, the forward-thinking bill, H. 5427, requires the use of these two programs to incorporate green standards for the property around public buildings as well as for the building itself. The bill also requires that the state conduct four pilot projects through December 2020 as a test for the new standard.

Rhode Island was one of the first states in the nation to adopt LEED and other guiding frameworks for sustainable buildings and is now first in the nation to incorporate SITES and LEED-ND for the lands and waters around its public property. Additionally, in 2015 Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed an executive order mandating that state agencies reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions throughout their facilities. The executive order is broad in its reach in promoting renewable energy and includes a mandate that state agencies achieve high performance green building standards in existing buildings, going beyond original requirements for new construction.

Passage of H. 5427 was supported by the ASLA Rhode Island Chapter, the U.S. Green Building Council Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Infrastructure Coalition, the Rhode Island Builders Association, and the Environmental Council of Rhode Island.

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