Environmental Standards for County Buildings to Unprecedented Levels
The Prince George’s County Council, during
Council session on Tuesday, November 19, unanimously approved Council Bill
83-2013, legislation requiring clean energy systems for new County buildings
and major renovations of public buildings.
The legislation, proposed by Council Member
Mary Lehman (D) – District 1, makes Prince George’s County the first
jurisdiction in the State of Maryland to fund clean energy systems in all new
public buildings and major renovations of public buildings. The
legislation requires the county to budget an additional 2% into the total cost
of a building or renovation to pay for the required installation of 1 kilowatt
(KW) of clean energy for every 1,000 square feet of gross floor area in the
Council Member Lehman says CB-83 is
representative of a forward-thinking clean energy policy that will establish
Prince George’s County as an innovative leader on best practices for
development and environmental protection.
“I am thrilled the Council has adopted one of
the most ambitious policies for clean energy on public buildings in the
country. This bill will spur clean energy jobs for our workforce, energy
savings for our taxpayers, and a cleaner environment for our
Council Bill 83-2013 applies to all
permanent, public buildings, and major projects renovating 50-percent or more
of the gross floor area. CB-83-2013 defines Clean Renewable Energy as
technology or a system that employs solar, wind or geothermal energy.
All legislative powers of Prince George’s
County are vested in the County Council. The County Council sits as the
District Council on zoning and land use policy, and as the Board of Health to
govern and guide health policy. The County Council meets as a legislative
body on Tuesdays in the Council Hearing Room on the first floor of the County
Administration Building in Upper Marlboro. For more information on the
Prince George’s County Council, please visit www.princegeorgescountymd.gov.