House Democrats Urge Greening of Capitol Complex

March 2, 2007
Press Release
Washington, D.C. - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Juanita Millender-McDonald, Chairwoman of the Committee on House Administration wrote yesterday to Daniel Beard, Chief Administrative Officer, encouraging the greening of Capitol Hill buildings.

'The Capitol complex should lead the nation in preserving our planet for future generations,' the lawmakers wrote in their letter.

Below is the text of the letter:

March 1, 2007

The Honorable Daniel P. Beard

Chief Administrative Officer

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Beard:

We are writing to direct you to undertake a critical initiative to address energy conservation, efficiency and cost savings for the U.S. Capitol and congressional office buildings.

The House of Representatives should provide leadership to the nation in providing an environmentally responsible and healthy working environment for our employees.

We request that you, in conjunction with your Senate counterparts, undertake a 'Green the Capitol' initiative to ensure that the House institutes the most up-to-date industry and government standards for green building and green operating procedures.  This process should include recommendations for benchmarking existing conditions; setting meaningful and measurable goals; timetables for implementing various changes in operating conditions; and measures to report progress on a regular basis.

A preliminary report should be provided by April 30, 2007, with final recommendations submitted to us by June 30.  Please undertake this initiative in cooperation with the Architect of the Capitol, U.S. Capitol Police, and other House officers.  You should also consult on a regular basis with the House Administration Committee, the Committee on Appropriations, and other House committees as appropriate.  We would hope that you can consult with your Senate counterparts to ensure that the improvements you recommend are fully considered by those managing Senate operations and buildings as well.

The Capitol complex should lead the nation in preserving our planet for future generations.


Nancy Pelosi


Steny H. Hoyer

Majority Leader

Juanita Millender-McDonald

Chairwoman, Committee on House Administration