Architecture 2030 is a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization established by architect Ed Mazria in response to the global-warming crisis. 2030’s mission is to rapidly transform the US and global building sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the global-warming crisis. Its goal is to galvanize a reduction in the global-warming-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the building sector, such that all new buildings and major renovations reduce their fossil-fuel GHG-emitting consumption by 50% by 2010, incrementally increasing the reduction for new buildings to carbon neutral by 2030.
Architecture 2030 Stimulus Package
In December 2008, Ed Mazria and Kristina Kershner presented the group's 2030 Challenge Stimulus Plan to policymakers and industry leaders in Washington, D.C. The plan addresses Barack Obama's goals of economic recovery, energy independence, carbon-neutral buildings, and a significant decrease in US greenhouse gas emissions.
The plan calls for an investment by the federal government of $85.56 billion each year for two years to accomplish the following:
In two years,
- create over 8 million new jobs through the demand for energy efficiency upgrades
- create a new $1.6 trillion renovation market that will put the construction industry back to work
In five years,
- save consumers $142.33 to 200.88 billion in residential mortgage buydowns and energy savings
- reduce CO2 emissions by over 480 Million Metric Tons
- reduce energy consumption by over 6 Quadrillion Btu
- save 1.83 trillion cubic feet of natural gas
- save 83.35 million barrels of oil
According to the group's plan, the capital outlay by the federal government would be repaid each year through the new tax base that comes with new job creation. Obama's transition team is currently considering the proposal.
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Group website: Architecture 2030
Contact: info [at] architecture2030.org
- The 2030 Challenge Stimulus Plan: Transition Team Brief, Architecture 2030, December 2008.
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