Remember, the 9th Annual Conservation Lobby Day is in Columbia on May 1st. As a partner in the Conservation Common Agenda, this is a premier opportunity for the USGBC SC Chapter to speak with state legislators about our issues.
Attached is an invitation from the event organizers. Activities will be scheduled from morning to night…the 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm time slot listed is just the conclusion. It only costs you your own time and travel to attend. Please include me in your RSVP.
As a legislative update, following are excerpts from the 3/26/12 edition of The Hot list of the Conservation Voters of South Carolina (online at http://conservationvotersofsc.org/the_hotlist/), about two bills of interest:
Solar Tax Credit Bill (H.3346, Rep. Dwight Loftis) SUPPORT
This bill establishes a 35% state tax credit for the installation of solar energy equipment for both residential and commercial purposes placed in service in taxable years after 2010. This legislation not only promotes renewable energy; it encourages solar installations and creates new jobs. H.3346 passed the House in a 100-10 vote last year, and it received a favorable report from the Sales and Income Taxation Subcommittee two weeks ago. The bill awaits consideration by the full Finance Committee.
Building Codes (S.1110, Sen. Tom Alexander/H.4639, Rep. Bill Sandifer) SUPPORT
These bills would update building energy codes in South Carolina to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code standards. S.1110 is now on the Senate contested calendar. H.4639 was recalled from the Judiciary Committee to receive second (27-9) and third reading (30-12) last week in the Senate. H.4639 now goes to the House for concurrence.
Opening keynote plenary speaker Jeremy Sigmon, Manager of Building Codes Advocacy for USGBC, sent us this link to his blog about the release of the 2012 International Green Construction Code:
Green Schools Summit is being planned for May 2nd in Columbia. More details coming.