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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments, which offers a guided assessment of codes and ordinances as they relate to green building practices. The toolkit is designed to help officials identify?and remove?barriers and obstacles to sustainable design. It leads officials through everything from site development and planning to green materials, energy efficiency, and water conservation.
The toolkit?s assessment tool uses green, yellow, and red as indicators of potential barriers?the more red that shows up in response to survey questions in the toolkit, the more difficult sustainable development may be in a jurisdiction. EPA encourages community leaders to use the results from the assessment to create a six-step action plan to remove barriers?establish priorities, conduct internal and external situation assessments, design, implement, and evaluate. The document is available for download at http://www.epa.gov/region4/recycle/green-building-toolkit.pdf/.
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