In Focus

Election 2020:

Where Candidates for Congress Stand

 

Delaware

SENATE

Mark W Turley

Independent

U.S. Senate, Delaware  

 

1.         WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS THAT CONGRESS CAN HELP TO REDUCE THE ENERGY AND WATER CONSUMPTION OF BUILDINGS TO HELP MAKE THEM MORE SUSTAINABLE?

 

By incorporating all aspects of renewable technology available we can reduce energy and water use. Also by researching and using renewable energy supplies during and after construction we can save energy and water.

 

2. WHICH OF THESE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICIES DO YOU SUPPORT AND WOULD WORK TO ENACT IF ELECTED? (YOU CAN CHECK MORE THAN ONE.)

 

a. Set benchmarking requirements for commercial buildings and encourage cities and states to adopt performance-based standards for buildings,

b. Provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements,

c. Provide incentives to states and localities to adopt the most up-to-date energy building codes,

d. Renew and expand tax incentives for energy efficient buildings,

e. Require federal buildings to meet aggressive energy efficiency and carbon reduction targets,

f. Provide support to states and localities to make buildings more resilient from natural hazards and disasters,

g. Invest in the retrofitting of schools, community centers, libraries and other civic buildings to improve occupant safety and reduce energy consumption, especially in underserved communities,

h. Conduct research into the most promising technologies, products and materials that improve occupant health and reduce transmission of contagious disease while saving energy,

i. Support the continuation of the current ITC by extending it out five more years at 30%

 

3.         IF ELECTED, WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO ENSURE THAT ALL AMERICANS, REGARDLESS OF SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, ARE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS?

 

All socioeconomic levels can benefit from using sustainable technologies in building and construction. An example would be incorporating solar gardens and community solar projects into all building construction.

 

4.         IF ELECTED, WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO TRAIN AND PREPARE PEOPLE FOR CLEAN ENERGY JOBS THAT ADVANCE SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS AND BUILDING COMPONENTS?

 

Enhance training programs to get people prepared for jobs in the renewable and sustainable markets. Offer companies incentives for creating job opportunities with the sustainable arena.

 

5.         ARE YOU WILLING TO WORK WITH THE BUILDING SECTOR TO MAKE SURE THAT TRANSFORMING BUILDINGS IS PART OF THE POLICY DEBATE IN CONGRESS, INCLUDING JOINING CAUCUSES THAT ADVOCATE FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICIES? IF YES, HOW WILL YOU DO THAT?

 

Yes, being an Independent candidate I intend to bring both sides together in this process by educating them on the benefits of building sustainable and retrofitting current public buildings.

 

6.         DO YOU HAVE ANY PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES RELATED TO SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS (E.G., SUPPORTING LEGISLATION IN ELECTED OFFICE, MADE ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS TO A HOME, OFFICE, COMMUNITY-WIDE, ETC.)?

 

I have worked in the supply chain for renewable products for the past 20 years. I directly have supplied products and services to large commercial renewable sites like Nevada Solar 1 in Henderson, Nevada and currently supply many of the leading renewable technology companies through manufacturing across the country.

HOUSE AT-LARGE

Catherine Stonestreet Purcell

Independent

U.S. House, Delaware At-Large

 

1.         WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS THAT CONGRESS CAN HELP TO REDUCE THE ENERGY AND WATER CONSUMPTION OF BUILDINGS TO HELP MAKE THEM MORE SUSTAINABLE?

 

Support legislation that invests in high temperature superconductor generation systems , enabling buildings to become net power producers.

 

2. WHICH OF THESE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICIES DO YOU SUPPORT AND WOULD WORK TO ENACT IF ELECTED?

 

a. Set benchmarking requirements for commercial buildings and encourage cities and states to adopt performance-based standards for buildings,

b. Provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements,

c. Provide incentives to states and localities to adopt the most up-to-date energy building codes,

d. Renew and expand tax incentives for energy efficient buildings,

f. Provide support to states and localities to make buildings more resilient from natural hazards and disasters,

g. Invest in the retrofitting of schools, community centers, libraries and other civic buildings to improve occupant safety and reduce energy consumption, especially in underserved communities,

h. Conduct research into the most promising technologies, products and materials that improve occupant health and reduce transmission of contagious disease while saving energy

 

3.         IF ELECTED, WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO ENSURE THAT ALL AMERICANS, REGARDLESS OF SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, ARE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS?

 

I would support legislation that provides rebates to homeowners and incentives to companies for upgrades to more energy efficient and eco friendly buildings.

 

4.         IF ELECTED, WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO TRAIN AND PREPARE PEOPLE FOR CLEAN ENERGY JOBS THAT ADVANCE SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS AND BUILDING COMPONENTS?

 

I will support legislation that allows for the following:

1. Promotes training programs nationwide to ensure a fully capable workforce.

2. Promotes sustainable building practices in the private sector and mandate sustainable businesses practices in the government sector.

3. Increases tax incentives for nonprofit organizations for energy efficiency training.

4. Increases funding to the NREL.

5. Removes arbitrary regulatory barriers to environmentally friendly energy sources.

 

5.         ARE YOU WILLING TO WORK WITH THE BUILDING SECTOR TO MAKE SURE THAT TRANSFORMING BUILDINGS IS PART OF THE POLICY DEBATE IN CONGRESS, INCLUDING JOINING CAUCUSES THAT ADVOCATE FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICIES? IF YES, HOW WILL YOU DO THAT?

 

Absolutely! I would love to join these caucus discussions. If solutions are in the best interest of the people and our planet then I will be happy to push these innovative ideas in Congressional hearings, through social media and radio and TV appearances.

 

6.         DO YOU HAVE ANY PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES RELATED TO SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS (E.G., SUPPORTING LEGISLATION IN ELECTED OFFICE, MADE ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS TO A HOME, OFFICE, COMMUNITY-WIDE, ETC.)?

 

My father, Joseph Harris Stonestreet was Chief Architect of the DC Government and then went on to work with Associated Builders. I accompanied him to his office many times. He designed the Inaugural stands that go up every 4 years and the interior of the Air and Space Museum. He taught me much about Architecture and Engineering.

I started off in college majoring in Architecture and Engineering but finished with a BS in Biological Sciences/pre-med.

I aced Mathematica and Chemistry and was a paid by UMBC as a Chenistry tutor. I spend much time in self study sharpening my skills in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and am one of those nerds with two large boards in my room filled with calculations.

I participated in thousands of autopsies with the DC Morgue and NIMH/Ckinical Brains Disorders Branch. My specialty is histologic preparations of the human brain from gross anatomical sections. My work has been been published in neuroscience journals and used for countless experiments.

The combination of knowledge of both the construction industry and the human body will provide valuable insight for effective legislation to benefit the people.

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