In Focus

Election 2020:

Where Candidates for Congress Stand

SENATE (Special Election)

Al Bartell

Independent

U.S. Senate, Georgia 

 

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?

 

Collect, communicate, and distribute the data of all stakeholders, especially urban centers and the underserved, in the U.S. Senate policy decision-making process, with a short and long-range planning commitment.

 

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,

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

 

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?

 

Promote sustainable building policies, such as those in #2, and include the data of neighborhood, community, faith, and small business leaders to the same degree as governmental and corporate stakeholders.

 

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

 

Ensure the development of more small business centers in urban, rural, and suburban communities of Georgia as hubs for small businesses and entrepreneurs to have access to clean energy training/preparation to nurture/meet the market need for those services in having sustainable buildings and building components.

 

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. I will do that through a public engagement/communications strategy that both includes statewide stakeholders at all levels and that invites best practices nationwide to share with statewide stakeholders, in looking at the data that meets the needs for our unique situations in Georgia, as no one size fits all for Georgia's diverse communities.

 

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.)?

 

Yes -- I served at a community level within Atlanta's Neighborhood Planning Unit system to ensure sustainable environmental and economic development opportunities within the Proctor Creek watershed basin included energy efficiency improvements, along with other environmentally and economically sustainable developments for the long-standing, in-place residents.

Dr. Michael Todd Greene

Independent

U.S. Senate, Georgia 

 

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?

 

Reintroduce the Homestead Land Act and the Southern Homestead Land Act to move people out of crowded, urban settings reducing the amount of mass consumption of energy & water within small unsustainable geographical locations- spread the people out

 

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

 

Improving all Native American Reservations infrastructure first, then expanding to revamp/improve all government funded orphanages, nursing homes, and homes for the indigent.

 

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?

 

Increase the poverty level substantially and reintroduce the Homestead Land Act and Southern Homestead Land Act - give land away for free.

 

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

 

Increasing the poverty line and PELL Grant rewards will inspire hope in all. America is the most innovative country in the world - all she needs is a vision of hope and she will rise to the changes needed to sustain a clean environment. My job is to keep the vision of hope alive in people so as they prosper in their lives', we benefit as a people, including the future discovery of enlightened, hope-filled people pursuing their unalienable rights.

 

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?

 

Native American Reservations, orphanages, homes for the elderly, and homes for the indigent will be my first concern.

 

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.)?

 

As a former rental house landlord, energy efficient improvements were incorporated with every available remodel or restoration (low-flow water spouts, energy efficient water heaters, refrigerators, furnaces, windows, etc.)

Deborah Jackson

Democratic

U.S. Senate, Georgia

 

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?

 

The best ways Congress can help to reduce the energy and water consumption of buildings to make them more sustainable are to: 1) support the funding of research in new technologies that improve energy and water consumption; 2) provide incentives to builders that are incorporating energy and water consumption best practices in their projects; 3) support consumer education on the importance of reducing energy and water consumption; and 4) provide incentives to homeowners and apartment building owners who utilize energy and water efficient products.

 

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,

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?

 

In order to ensure that all Americans, particularly those of lower socioeconomic status, are able to benefit from healthy and sustainable buildings, I would propose legislation that requires the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to ensure that the public housing authorities bring their properties up to higher energy and water standards; that private landlords who receive housing vouchers be incentivized to upgrade their properties using energy efficient appliances; and that buildings constructed with public funds incorporate features that promote health and sustainability.

 

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

 

One starting point to train and prepare people for clean energy jobs is to have HUD utilize the provisions of Section 3 to provide public housing residents with training opportunities.  Section 3 is grossly underutilized by many public housing authorities and could serve as a stepping stone to help residents become self sufficient.  Other options are to work with the trade unions to establish apprenticeship programs that focus on clean energy jobs; and reintroduce trade skills in high schools as part of the curriculum.

 

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?

 

I am willing to work with the building sector to make sure that transforming buildings to be more sustainable is part of the policy debate in Congress.  While caucuses on the Senate side are considered more informal than in the House of Representatives, I would work with my colleagues to promote legislation to support and incentivize the development of sustainable 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.)?

 

As the mayor of Lithonia, GA, I partnered with a developer to demolish a dilapidated city property on a brownfield and build a $12 million affordable housing project based on LEED silver standards and including energy efficient appliances; and use of pervious materials in the parking lot to reduce stormwater runoff.  Additionally, I participated in community housing forums that included advocacy for sustainability and affordability of housing.

Valencia Stovall

Independent

U.S. Senate, Georgia

 

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?

 

The best ways are through education of consumers and businesses. There should be requirements for buildings to reduce energy and water consumption that are universal especially in governmental buildings. Tax incentives can be offered for a limited time and consideration should be made for those buildings which are older along with the cost to bring the buildings to standards.

 

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, 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

 

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 ensure the local and state governments have the resources and support needed from the federal government to create, update and implement the new or existing standards for creating health and sustainable 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?

 

Our high schools in Georgia have CTAE programs. I would support more funding and resources to create programs for clean energy jobs. Also work with our technical colleges and universities to stay up dated in their curriculum offerings. I would support apprenticeship programs for high school students and adults. Many people are being forced to take on new careers due to COVID19 effects. I would start the recruitment efforts with those individuals utilizing our local nonprofits and Dept. of Labor centers.

 

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, I believe the building sectors should be involved in discussions related to their field of expertise. By joining caucuses, it allows for policy makers to obtain more information and better understanding. I have benefited from my membership in caucuses in the General Assembly.

 

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 supported legislation as a State Representative for increasing sustainable buildings. I have visited a school in Southeast Georgia which retrofitted their buildings with solar panels and was able to reap the financial savings on energy which resulted in them avoiding furloughs of their employees while other school districts could not. I spearheaded a Environmental Assessment Survey project student led by high schoolers in my district. It was a successful partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, Forest Park High School PTSA, the school, a local business and my office. The students made a presentation to the community and elected officials in their city encouraging them to be mindful of the environment and to implement sustainable policies.

Ed Tarver

Democratic

U.S. Senate, Georgia

 

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?

 

Reduced energy consumption through building design; Shade trees outside around structure; Use Programable thermostats; Use Efficient Hot Water Heaters; and USE LED and Motion Sensor lighting

 

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,

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

 

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 will support legislation that promotes Sustainable Green Building.

 

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

 

Provide funding and other financial incentives schools, training programs and students related to the construction of sustainable buildings.

 

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. I will have a designated staff member who is responsible for sustainable building policies.

 

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.)?

 

Other than making energy efficient improvements to my home (LED lighting, installation of energy efficient hot water heater), I have no previous experiences related to sustainable buildings.

Kandiss Taylor

Republican

U.S. Senate, Georgia

 

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?

 

Tax breaks for those who implement energy/water efficiency improvements for the year

 

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

 

b. Provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements, d. Renew and expand tax incentives for energy efficient buildings, 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?

 

Offer incentives for the construction and renovation in these areas

 

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

 

Whatever steps are needed to meet regulation and requirements

 

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, I am willing to do whatever is necessary to ensure we minimize governmental control and ensure capitalism in our country.

 

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.)?

 

This is the first time I've ever ran for office. I have built a home and used the recommended energy efficient heating and air system and hot water system.

 

4TH DISTRICT

Johsira Cruz Ezammudeen

Republican

U.S. House, Georgia 4

 

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?

 

Leaving the Industry and the market implementing the new technologies, the best example is the A/C every year their products are more efficient if we "regulate" we have the risk to be behind the possibilities.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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 federal programs such as HUD must stablish an annual review with the industry to update all their parameters, the builders, public and government don't need more redtape but better opportunities. Let's create them!

 

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

 

From High School we need to create not only the formation on that issue but the technical skills. We need to back to basics in education.

 

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?

 

It depends on the industry, the laws exists is just only a matter to apply them. The industries are more dynamic than the government and everyday they put on the market new products, they just need to follow the general rules and laws on the books.

 

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.)?

 

Yes I renovated my house 5 years ago.

 

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