On April 22nd 2008, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa announced the adoption of a green building law intended to impose environmental standards on private developers. Global Green USA (Green Cross U.S national affiliate) has been instrumental in drafting the green building law with the City of Los Angeles and all stakeholders involved, using its extensive experience from green building initiatives and activities of the Smart Energy for Sustainable Development Program. The green building law will be enforced starting in November 2008, forcing private developers and public authorities alike to respect environmental standards in future construction of buildings to consume less energy in the construction process and make sure the design of buildings consume a minimum amount of energy in the long-term. Standards of green buildings include energy efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems as well as the use of recycled materials for construction and drought-resistant landscaping.
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