Congress Celebrates First 'Green' Building on Capitol Hill

Jul 09, 2007, 01:00 ET from Friends Committee on National Legislation

    WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Congress begins to
 debate legislation that will guide our nation's energy policy for future
 generations, a broad bi-partisan coalition from both chambers of Congress
 will join together this week to celebrate the first "green" building on
 Capitol Hill.
     Members of Congress will make remarks on measures to cut U.S. energy
 consumption during a time of unprecedented urgency around the globe to curb
 the harmful effects of climate change, which most recently culminated in
 international Live Earth concert simulcasts calling for leadership action
 to effect real change.
     The newly-renovated, "green" headquarters of the Friends Committee on
 National Legislation (FCNL) has cut the group's energy consumption by 48
 percent. A model for energy conservation, the building is expected to
 receive a silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council
 prior to the celebration.
     What:    Bi-partisan Congressional Delegation Celebrates FCNL "Green"
     When:    Thursday, July 12 from 5-7 p.m.
     Where:   FCNL Headquarters (across the street from Hart Senate Office
              245 Second Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002
     "Buildings account for nearly 50 percent of U.S. energy consumption and
 more than 40 percent of CO2 emissions in the United States," explains FCNL
 Executive Secretary Joe Volk.
     "As the House begins debate on energy legislation to mitigate the
 harmful impact of climate change, FCNL seeks bi-partisan support for
 promoting 'green' buildings to drastically reduce U.S. energy consumption."
     Members of Congress, municipal officials, the American Institute of
 Architects, and other groups have explored opportunities to replicate the
 FCNL building's energy conservation design. Singular elements include a
 geothermal heating and cooling system, a vegetated roof, eco-friendly
 office furniture, natural lighting enhancements, bamboo floors, and
 user-controlled environmental features.
     Interviews, photos opportunities, and tours are available for members
 of the media. For additional information and a virtual tour of the
 building, please visit
     The Friends Committee on National Legislation, the oldest registered
 religious lobby in Washington, is a non-partisan Quaker lobby in the public
 interest. FCNL works with a nationwide network of tens of thousands of
 people from every state in the U.S. to advocate for social and economic
 justice, peace, and good government. For more information:

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