Members of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis have released a comprehensive plan titled “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient and Just America.”
Anica Landreneau, HOK’s Washington, D.C-.based director of sustainable design, provided expert testimony that directly informed the policy recommendations for the building sector portion of the plan, which outlines how to build a clean energy economy that values workers, advances environmental justice and meets the challenges of the climate crisis. The plan would help the United States reach net zero by 2050.
Landreneau’s input informed several topics addressed in the ambitious plan, including recommendations for:
- All-electric buildings
- Net-zero energy and carbon buildings
- Policies that could be most impactful in reducing emissions related to building design and construction
The report also addresses the impact of climate change on the economy, public health and the preservation of America’s natural resources. An independent analysis identified that the Climate Crisis Action Plan could save more than 60,000 American lives every year by 2050 as a result of reduced air pollution, and have health and climate benefits that save nearly $8 trillion through 2050.
The full Climate Crisis Action Plan is available on the Committee’s website.
Based in HOK’s Washington, D.C., studio, Landreneau is heavily involved in advancing the nation’s most progressive green building policies at city and state levels. She is a national thought leader on sustainable design and policy making and played an integral role in the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act, the country’s most expansive climate bill. She is a member of several D.C.-area and national committees, including the AIA’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Codes, the AIA National Codes and Standards Committee, the LEED Advisory Committee and the Consultative Council for the National Institute of Building Sciences.