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NACUBO Promotes Energy Efficiency on Capitol Hill

July 10, 2017

NACUBO will highlight sustainability and energy efficiency projects at numerous colleges and universities during the 20th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo and Policy Forum, July 11 on Capitol Hill. NACUBO will showcase some of the 43 projects that were represented at the NACUBO 2016 Annual Meeting, in addition to other energy efficiency projects taking place at campuses across the country. 

Other exhibitors include the Carnegie Mellon University Scott Institute for Energy Innovation; American Wind Energy Association; National Renewable Energy Laboratory; National Biodiesel Board; National Hydropower Association; and the Solar Energy Industries Association. The event is sponsored by the Sustainable Energy Coalition and co-hosted by the U.S. House and Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses.

At the expo, NACUBO will illustrate the potential benefits of extending and expanding the Section 179D energy-efficient construction tax deduction, which is a recently expired technology-neutral tax incentive that encourages energy conservation by tying the value of a tax deduction to the actual energy savings generated at a building once it is completed.

NACUBO will also educate attendees about the importance of the ENERGY STAR® program to college and university campuses. In his FY18 budget request, President Donald Trump called for elimination of the program. Additional information on both 179D and ENERGY STAR® can be found here.

The forum will include panel discussions and will be livestreamed from 9:30 am to 4:15 pm ET.

HEASC Urges Congress to Advance Sustainability

NACUBO recently joined 11 other higher education associations, all members of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), in calling on Congress to reject several items in the president’s budget request. HEASC stated, “Significant cuts to the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, Department of Education, and Department of Agriculture, to name a few, threaten the state of funding for key programs that promote health, clean technology and sustainability.” 

The groups expressed concerns that the budget proposal would minimize both the quality of education and research opportunities for students; undercut efforts to manage campus operations cost-effectively; and diminish opportunities for students and the workforce.

NACUBO’s work in this area is guided by its Sustainability Advisory Panel, which advises on financing sustainability projects; operational issues such as energy, dining services, transportation, green buildings and design; leadership and governance; and smart growth and campus planning.


Sally Grans Korsh
Director, Facilities Management and Environmental Policy

Megan Schneider
Assistant Director, Federal Affairs