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Thursday, April 14, 2011

[TribeWatch] Kayenta Township: First Tribal Community In Nation To Adopt Green Building Code

This just in from the US EPA:
"Kayenta Township (Ariz.) is the first tribal community in the U.S. to adopt the International Green Construction Code (IGCC), a building code designed to reduce the environmental impact of construction projects while keeping safety measures intact and enforceable.
EPA’s Pacific Southwest Green Building Team worked with Kayenta and works with other tribes and federal agencies to support the development of sustainable building codes that meet tribal priorities. In addition, Kayenta will be working with EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities to pilot community Smart Growth Guidelines for Sustainable Design and Development.
'As one of the first communities to adopt this code, Kayenta Township is forging a path for sustainable development,' said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. 'Their commitment to green building design will not only protect the public health, but water and energy savings means precious local resources will be preserved.'”
Maybe it's just me, but I had always assumed the tribal communities were way ahead on the green curve...