In Focus

Election 2020:

Where Candidates for Congress Stand

Nebraska

1ST DISTRICT

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Dennis Grace

Libertarian

U.S. House, Nebraska 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?

 

Because I have no experience in this field, but a high level of interest in it, I would say the best way Congress can help reduce energy and water consumption would be through education. The most innovative and aggressive bills in Congress cannot pass and cannot be embraced if the people do not understand the subject matter.

 

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?

 

Provide incentives for landlords, particularly Section 8 recipient property owners, to retrofit 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?

 

I believe the answer lies in high schools. Preparing students for the opportunity to train in these sectors and provide fresh ideas is the most important mission. Training an old man like myself for a job in sustainable building materials is a losing battle. But promoting and offering these fields as an alternative to 8 years of law school a necessary element. I would promote study incentives and training programs for students nearing the end of their high school education to introduce them to a career in sustainable building materials.

 

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 know nothing about the field, but have been extremely interested in finding new and inventive ways to extend the life of our environment. I would absolutely be delighted to work with experts in this field, to learn and grow with their assistance and to take this knowledge back to my district.

 

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 no experience within this field at all. I am very eager to learn more about it.

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