The past few years have seen a tremendous surge in municipal green building policies. A growing number of local governments recognize that changing building practices is important not only for conserving scarce natural resources and preventing pollution, but also for improving health and productivity and achieving economic sustainability. This report reviews more than 30 municipal policies that aim to advance green building in the private sector by (1) establishing mandatory
green building criteria; (2) providing expedited review
as an incentive for green building; or (3) offering other direct financial incentives
for green building, including grants, fee waivers, tax breaks, and...