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Baltimore’s Green Building Law On The Brink

Baltimore’s Green Building Law May Be On The Brink

Builder Magazine online, an information source for the home building industry, was quick to pick up on an article out today, by Baltimore Sun’s Tim Wheeler, that casts some doubt over the fate of Baltimore’s Green Building Law.

From the Baltimore Sun:

Departing Mayor Sheila Dixon, who has promoted sustainability during her three-year tenure, had reportedly been set to announce the rules late last month. But now they will be left for her successor, Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, to put in place. Some see the issue as a test of whether the new mayor will continue Dixon’s “cleaner, greener” policies aimed at enhancing city residents’ quality of life while promoting green-oriented businesses and jobs.

Incoming Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a supporter of slots and the Baltimore Grand Prix, is appearing to lean in the direction of big business.  However, a recent article from the Baltimore Business Journal states, “it is a bit of an unknown to the business community [where she stands] from a public policy perspective”.

Again, from the Baltimore Sun:

Councilman James Kraft, sponsor of the green building law, knows that some developers are unhappy with its [the Green Building Law’s] requirements. “I assume they will lobby the new mayor to slow them down, but … they had almost two years to prepare for it.” Kraft said he hopes Rawlings-Blake moves quickly to finalize the rules and the city’s own green building standards to give developers clear guidance – so Baltimore can stay in the forefront of what he called a nationwide movement.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.

To send the incoming mayor your thoughts, contact:

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor
City Hall, Room 250
100 N. Holliday Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone (410) 396-3835
Fax (410) 576-9425
mayor@baltimorecity.gov

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