Democrats Launch 100 Percent Carbon Neutral 'Green the Capitol Initiative'

April 19, 2007

"The environmental challenges we face are as local as our neighborhoods and as global as our planet. The House must lead by example and it is time for Congress to act on its own carbon footprint. Today, we announce our intention to operate the House in a carbon neutral manner at the earliest possible date with a deadline of the end of this Congress."

- Speaker Pelosi, April 19, 2007


Speaker Pelosi Last month, Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, and Juanita Millender-McDonald, Chairwoman of the Committee on House Administration wrote to Daniel Beard, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), directing the "greening" of Capitol Hill buildings. This afternoon, Speaker Pelosi was joined by Majority Leader Hoyer and Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in accepting a preliminary report by the CAO on efforts that would reduce the environmental impacts associated with the operations of the House building complex.

The recommendations in the CAO's preliminary report include:


Operate the House in a Carbon Neutral Manner


Shift to 100 percent Renewable Electric Power

Aggressively Improve Energy Efficiency

Adoption of Sustainable Business Practices

Continued Leadership on Sustainability Issues

Offsets to Ensure Carbon Neutral Operations


Read the executive summary by the CAO (.pdf)>>

Read the full report by the CAO (.pdf) >>

Read the March letter to the CAO>>