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Help Support Sustainability Funding for Localities

On June 27, the appropriations committees in both chambers of Congress passed bills that will decide funding for transportation, housing and urban development programs in fiscal year 2014. In the Senate, the Appropriations Committee’s proposal included $550 million in funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)’s TIGER grant program to support a wide variety of transportation projects including bridges, public transit and railroads, and $75 million for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Integrated Planning and Investment grants, part of the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities. However, the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee did not include any funding for the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

Climate Communities asks local elected leaders to contact their Members of Congress and urge them to protect funding for these important programs as the FY 2014 appropriations process continues. Contact your Members of Congress by:

Urge Your Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Legislation

In April 2013, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) in the Senate, and Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT) in the House, introduced the bipartisan "Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act" (S. 761/H.R. 1616). The legislation would promote energy savings in residential, commercial and industrial buildings by incentivizing the use of energy efficient technologies and fostering green job creation in America. Among other things, the bill would strengthen building codes to make new homes and buildings more efficient, create a new U.S. Department of Energy program called SupplySTAR to improve the efficiency of companies supply chains and require the federal government to adopt energy conservation strategies. Furthermore, the legislation provides opportunities for local governments to secure funding, technical assistance and training to implement and enforce building codes that improve energy efficiency.

Climate Communities is asking local government elected leaders to urge their Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act. We are particularly interesting in building support from Members on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources and the House Energy and Commerce Committee to co-sponsor the legislation. Contact your Members of Congress by: