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The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming addressed our nation's energy, economic and national security challenges during the 110th and 111th Congresses.

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Building Green, Saving Green: Constructing Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Buildings

Actor Ed Norton, San Fran Mayor Newsom, Experts Talk Green Building at Select Committee Hearing -- Will Highlight Global Warming—Buildings Link

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, May 14, actor Ed Norton, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and experts in the field of green building appeared before Chairman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming to discuss how more efficient buildings and better building policies can reduce energy costs and cut global warming pollution. Norton is a Trustee for the Enterprise Foundation and works to bring green building practices to low-income housing development.

The building sector is responsible for 48 percent of all heat-trapping emissions, and it is estimated that 76 percent of all electricity generated by U.S. power plants goes to operate buildings. As energy prices rise -- increasing the costs of cooling, heating and construction -- green building has become a popular mantra for homeowners, corporations and environmentalists alike. Yet the numerous definitions of green buildings can lead to confusion, inaction or ineffective policy. As Congress examines all sources and causes of global warming emissions, it must consider how the buildings we work and live in can contribute to reducing the impact of climate change.

WHAT: Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming hearing: “Building Green, Saving Green: Constructing Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Buildings.”

WHEN: 2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 14, 2008

WHERE: 2358 "A" Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Complex, Washington, DC

OPENING STATEMENT: Chairman Edward J. Markey


  • Ed Norton, Actor and Trustee of Enterprise Community Partners
  • The Honorable Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco
  • Kent Peterson, President, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
  • Michelle Moore, Senior Vice President of Policy and Market Development, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Tony Stall, Vice President Marketing for Dryvit Systems Inc.


Edward Norton Opening Statement

Chairman Markey opening statement

Hon. Gavin Newsom opening statement

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Back Row: Rep Solis, Markey, Inslee, Cleaver
Front Row: Newsom, Peterson, Norton, Moore and Stall

Edward Norton

Mayor Gavin Newsom

Hearing Room

Michelle Moore and Tony Stall

Kent Peterson

Chairman Markey

Newsom, Peterson and Norton

Mayor Newsom addresses Cleaver, Solis, Inslee, Blumenauer, Markey

Norton responds to questions

Witnesses sit in environmentally friendly, recycled chairs

Mayor Newsom and Ed Norton

Michelle Moore

Ed Norton speaks with reporters after the hearing

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