In Focus

Election 2020:

Where Candidates for Congress Stand

1ST DISTRICT

Mia Mason

Democratic

U.S. House, Maryland 1

 

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?

 

Congress can vote to keep decades old, traditional EPA efficiency programs, including Energy Star and LEED, intact so individuals and businesses can save money and resources. Along with protecting standards, Congress can also create financial incentives for sustainability. The Historic Preservation Fund and Rehabilitation Tax Credit are two programs that help small businesses and communities update their buildings’ safety and energy usage while also preserving history. I support programs that help the economy by generating positive revenue, improve public safety, support small businesses, and transition our country to a sustainable economy.

 

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?

 

Your zip code or salary should not determine your access to a healthy environment. In Congress, I will support financial incentives that help communities transition to sustainable infrastructures, like the Historic Preservation Fund and the Rehabilitation Tax Credit mentioned above. Climate change poses many health dangers, and investing in our communities today will lessen the price we pay in the future.

 

 

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

 

To responsibly transition to a carbon free economy by 2035, millions of well paying American jobs must be created. The incredible phenomenon is already in progress: wind turbine technicians are the fastest growing job sector in the United States, followed closely by solar mechanics. As federal investment in sustainable energy and infrastructure generates more jobs, Americans transferring from other careers should be trained on the job. I am also prepared to support younger Americans in school, ensuring they have the tools and training necessary to succeed in the future.

 

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?

 

Maryland’s First Congressional District has a heritage dating back to the roots of our nation. Our buildings, roads, and infrastructure are crumbling and needs to be brought up to date while also preserving our history. I plan to work alongside local businesses and contractors to help improve the structural safety and sustainability of our 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.)?

 

My connection to Maryland’s heritage and hope for the future is what drives me towards a sustainability. Our heritage is also rooted in some of the nation’s oldest towns, farms, and homes, many still standing today. As our land is threatened by rising sea

 

2ND DISTRICT

C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Democratic

U.S. House, Maryland 2

Incumbent

 

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 list below is good start. I have long supported legislation to promote sustainable building and policies aimed at reducing our nation’s carbon footprint. I am a cosponsor of the New Green Deal, which is landmark legislation that will decarbonize the American economy over the next decade, in part, by retrofitting every building in the nation for energy efficiency.

I also supported the Moving Forward Act, which invests $1.5 trillion into rebuilding American infrastructure, including our schools, child care centers, houses and highways. A major component of the Moving Forward Act is sustainability and putting our country on the path toward zero carbon emissions. The legislation included the Rebuild America's Schools Act of 2019, which creates a clearinghouse on federal programs and financing tools that may be used to assist schools in initiating, developing, and financing energy efficient, energy retrofitting, and distributed generation projects.

As an Appropriator, I fight for funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and, within EERE, the Building Technologies Office specifically, which leads a network of government and industry partners to develop energy and water -saving solutions for homes and commercial buildings.

Finally, I have authored legislation that would begin a comprehensive mapping process of the nation’s shorelines. Under the Digital Coast Act, coastal communities will be able to use the data to prepare for storms, manage floods, restore ecosystems and plan smarter development near America’s coasts, harbors, ports and shorelines.

 

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?

 

Both the Green New Deal and the Moving Forward Act take steps to address socioeconomic disparities when it comes to sustainability. For example, the Moving Forward Act invests $130 billion specifically targeted at high-poverty schools with facilities that endanger the health and safety of students and educators. It also invests over $100 billion into rebuilding and retrofitting our nation's affordable housing stock.

 

 

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 have long supported legislation to promote sustainable building and policies aimed at reducing our nation’s carbon footprint. I am a cosponsor of the New Green Deal, which is landmark legislation that will decarbonize the American economy over the next decade, in part, by retrofitting every building in the nation for energy efficiency.

I also supported the Moving Forward Act, which invests $1.5 trillion into rebuilding American infrastructure, including our schools, child care centers, houses and highways. A major component of the Moving Forward Act is sustainability and putting our country on the path toward zero carbon emissions. The legislation included the Rebuild America's Schools Act of 2019, which creates a clearinghouse on federal programs and financing tools that may be used to assist schools in initiating, developing, and financing energy efficient, energy retrofitting, and distributed generation projects.

As an Appropriator, I fight for funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and, within EERE, the Building Technologies Office specifically, which leads a network of government and industry partners to develop energy and water -saving solutions for homes and commercial buildings.

Finally, I have authored legislation that would begin a comprehensive mapping process of the nation’s shorelines. Under the Digital Coast Act, coastal communities will be able to use the data to prepare for storms, manage floods, restore ecosystems and plan smarter development near America’s coasts, harbors, ports and shorelines.

 

 

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

 

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 long supported legislation to promote sustainable building and policies aimed at reducing our nation’s carbon footprint. I am a cosponsor of the New Green Deal, which is landmark legislation that will decarbonize the American economy over the next decade, in part, by retrofitting every building in the nation for energy efficiency.

I also supported the Moving Forward Act, which invests $1.5 trillion into rebuilding American infrastructure, including our schools, child care centers, houses and highways. A major component of the Moving Forward Act is sustainability and putting our country on the path toward zero carbon emissions. The legislation included the Rebuild America's Schools Act of 2019, which creates a clearinghouse on federal programs and financing tools that may be used to assist schools in initiating, developing, and financing energy efficient, energy retrofitting, and distributed generation projects.

As an Appropriator, I fight for funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and, within EERE, the Building Technologies Office specifically, which leads a network of government and industry partners to develop energy and water -saving solutions for homes and commercial buildings.

Finally, I have authored legislation that would begin a comprehensive mapping process of the nation’s shorelines. Under the Digital Coast Act, coastal communities will be able to use the data to prepare for storms, manage floods, restore ecosystems and plan smarter development near America’s coasts, harbors, ports and shorelines.

 

3RD DISTRICT

Charles Anthony

Republican

U.S. House, Maryland 3

 

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?

 

These are questions better answered by an architect, although I would be open to discussing with one what changes might be beneficial and cost effective.

 

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,

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

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?

 

This is a question better suited for local politicians. The majority of services provided day to day are provided by local governments in local facilities, and they determine how these facilities are built the majority of the time.

 

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

 

This is something for the markets to decide. If private companies enter this market, they should be expected to train employees in the technology of the industry themselves. Much like other vocational careers like HVAC and Plumbing, this is not something state schools are required to handle.

 

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?

 

Once again, this is something that should be handled by private industries and decided by the market. It is not my job nor the job of congress to dictate how businesses conduct their day to day operation, or how they practice their craft.

 

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.

 

4TH DISTRICT

George McDermott 

Republican

U.S. House, Maryland 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?

 

It is past time For the U.S. Corporate Government and it's Elected Trustees to stop pouring money into fossil fuel industry and it's past time that the Congress looks into baring lobbyist who payoff our Senators and Congressmen through dark money the donations so they will Knowingly disregard and disrespect scientists and the scientific community who have proven that global warming will destroy this planet...

 

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,

i. Stop waste fraud and abuse in the letting of contracts.

 

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?

 

Government should provide for low-interest loans to those of our citizens who are not corporations can benefit from retrofitting their properties and put checks and balances on energy companies to show that they adhere to federal and state standards for converting out of date buildings, environmentally friendly and sustainable buildings that meet. Current standards at present the industries are tricking homeowners into what amounts to predatory lending and refinancing packages which will only cause them to lose their properties.

 

 

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

 

As a former general contractor for 50 years. There are already programs in place that need to be enlarged to set up for apprenticeship educations starting in our high schools and then by the private sector that will educate our future construction force as to the benefits of providing honest services to their employers and citizens while at the same time providing services that will save our planet.

 

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, if elected, I would advocate for environmentally sound and proven programs that will have the consequence of preserving a life for my children and grandchildren and their grandchildren at present. If Congress does not take action immediately. We are about to pass the tilting point where we will not be able to recover or save the planet and its natural resources.

 

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.)?

 

Absolutely. I have gained an abundance of education from the corporations in the retail industry and real estate industry who for years now have been implementing environmentally friendly retail shops and buildings using the latest technology in heating and air conditioning systems that save 30% on their fuel and electrical costs. The engineers and architects working on today's buildings versus those of the 50s and 60s have helped to rewrite energy quality standards that now are adopted by all states and most local governments

 

8TH DISTRICT

Gregory Coll

Republican

U.S. House, Maryland 8

 

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?

 

Gregory Coll thinks that one of the best ways that Congress can help reduce the energy and water consumption of buildings to make then more sustainable is to promote conservative practices with a sliding scale of return on investment. Learn more at www.gregorycoll.com

 

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, Promote conservative practices with a sliding scale of return on investment.

Learn more at www.gregorycoll.com

 

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 conservative practices with a sliding scale of return on investment. Learn more at www.gregorycoll.com

 

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

 

Gregory Coll supports STEM education that will help prepare people for high technology jobs that have the potential to advance sustainable buildings and building components, making buildings more efficient and conserving the resources for other purposes.

 

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, Gregory Coll, is willing to work with the building sector to make sure that transforming buildings is part of the policy debate in Congress. This will include joining and advocating for sustainable building policies and promoting STEM education so there is a pipeline of talent ready to solve the problems of the future in this field, making buildings more efficient and conserving the resources for other purposes.

 

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, Gregory Coll has had experience related to sustainable buildings and has even personally made energy efficiency improvements to his homes by replacing windows, doors, insulation, water heaters, heat pumps etc. and replacing light bulbs with LEDs one of the simplest ways to making a home more energy efficient.

 

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