In Focus

Election 2020:

Where Candidates for Congress Stand

Michigan

7TH DISTRICT

Gretchen Driskell

Democratic

U.S. House, Michigan 7

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 needs to be an active partner with our businesses and communities to best improve the sustainability of our local buildings. This investment would have a plethora of positive effects including protecting our environment, saving on energy costs, protecting the safety and lives of our friends and neighbors, and overall improving the conditions of our communities. When elected I pledge to be an active partner and will work towards improving the sustainability of the buildings and infrastructure within my district.

 

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 ensure that investment is equitable throughout our state and district to enrich the health and sustainability standards of buildings in communities representing all socioeconomic statuses. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their home and public buildings, regardless of class, and this means investing in communities that have been forgotten.

 

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

 

We need to further invest in clean energy jobs, as this will be an industry that will continue to grow and provide future Americans with safe, reliable work. Early investment in clean energy jobs that advance building sustainability will have a cascade effect that improves our communities, ensures we protect our environment, and expands upon job creation.

 

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, as a local elected I worked closely with members of our community to learn how I can best serve their communities, and I will carry that same attitude with me in Congress.

 

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 introduced legislation as part of a package to supplement federal law to ensure oil and gas pipeline safety. I also voted against legislation that would weaken Michigan’s renewable energy laws and standards, and introduced legislation that would promote crowd-sourced hydrology research to ensure the safety and health of the state’s waterways through the use of stream gauges. My experience in real estate also introduced me to the importance of sustainable buildings.

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12TH DISTRICT

Jeff Jones

Republican

U.S. House, Michigan 12

 

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?

 

be proactive in the implementation and innovation and research in these options

 

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

 

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 have a vision to help provide indoor farming; hydroponic, aeroponic, and other sustainable farming for farm fresh non-gmo fruits and vegetables grown in urban and industrial 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?

 

I would promote Wet Electrostatic Technology for industrial stacks, and work to develop recyclable msw to steam turbine energy as well as algae, silage, solar, wind, and other green sustainable energies.

 

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, by exposing the long term benefits and economic development of these technologies.

 

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 was an independent contractor for 2 years doing home energy analysis and stay up on info to move these agendas. I have worked closely with QCI,LLC to help implement and introduce MSW recyclable opportunities into energy

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