Bill to spur ‘green’ consideration clears panel

TRENTON – The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee today released a bill unanimously to encourage ‘green’ building  projects.

This bill,  A1102, sponsored by Assemblywoman Denise Coyle, (R-16),  Basking Ridge, directs the Departments of Community Affairs, Environmental Protection, and Transportation,  as well as local governments, to give priority consideration to permit applications for green building projects.

The bill defines “green building project” as one designed and constructed in a manner to achieve certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System as adopted by the United States Green Building Council; qualify as Energy Star by the federal government;   or achieve at least a two globe rating according to the Green Globes Program as adopted by the Green Building Initiative.

Coyle said that among other things, they want agencies to work in concert on green projects. In response to a question, she said that other projects are routinely prioritized in other categories, and this bill says that the agencies “shall,’’ not “may,’’ give such green priority consideration as a means to spur environmentally friendly projects.

Bill to spur ‘green’ consideration clears panel