United States Regulations

Regulatory Update

While most of the regulatory activity pertaining to commercial and industrial consumption and reporting is taking place at the state and municipal levels, the Federal Government is actively engaged in developing guidance and rules, such as the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, GHG Reporting Program, and Too Good To Waste community food waste prevention tools. The Federal government is continuously debating a myriad of sustainability and energy market legislative proposals that would potentially impact commercial and industrial organizations. Meanwhile, the global community is ramping up pressure on nations to enact carbon disclosure policies, as evidenced by the recent COP21 (Paris Agreement).

Learn more about increasing Federal and global oversight of energy consumption and reporting in our blog post, COP21: Reflecting On What It Means and Webinar, Public Reporting Today And In The Future.

It can be difficult to keep up with the growing number of municipality, local and statewide regulations in the United States. Do you know if your sites are in compliance? Many mandates have fees and penalties for non-compliance. However, you can turn these regulations into opportunity. The added benefits associated with compliance of these regulations, include efficiency gains, cost reduction and reduced environmental impact. Find out what is happening in each state by clicking on the links, or viewing the summary list below.

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Massachusetts

Maryland

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Tennessee

Texas

Vermont

Washington

Washington, D.C.

Wisconsin

Ecova’s team of energy and resource experts can help ensure you are in compliance and gain the full benefit of each of these regulations. Contact us to learn more.

 

PENDING LEGISLATION – NATION

Nation | Food Waste | Standard for expire/toss out dates on food packaging | Policy interest

 

CURRENT & PENDING LEGISLATION – STATE

CALIFORNIA

State | Mandatory Energy Benchmarking for Seller at Time of Sale | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.

State | Mandatory Composting | Min Food Waste: 8 yards/week | Begins April 1 ’16

State | Mandatory Composting | Min Food Waste: 4 yards/week | Begins Jan 1 ’17

State | Mandatory Recycling | Min Waste: 4 yards/week

State | Recycling & Composting Equipment | Sales-and-use tax exemption for balers, shredders, etc.

State | Plastic Bag Ban | Retail stores prohibited from providing single-use plastic bags | Begins July 1 ’16

State | Water Use Restrictions | 25% reduction in potable water use

Berkeley | Energy & Water Reporting, Audit Requirements | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft. | Due Oct 1 ’16

Berkeley | Energy & Water Reporting, Audit Requirements | Bldg Size: 25,000 – 49,999 sq. ft. | Due Oct 1 ’17

Berkeley | Energy & Water Reporting, Audit Requirements | Bldg Size: 15,000 – 24,999 sq. ft. | Due Oct 1 ’18

Berkeley | Energy & Water Reporting, Audit Requirements | Bldg Size: 5,000 – 14,999 sq. ft. | Due Oct 1 ’19

Berkeley | Energy Assessment | Bldg Size: Less than 5,000 sq. ft. | Due Oct 1 ’20

Campbell | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | Polystyrene foam foodservice packaging banned 

Danville | Plastic Bag Ban | Retail & restaurant plastic bags banned + fee for paper bags | Begins July 1 ’16

Lafayette | Plastic Bag Ban | Retail & restaurant plastic bags banned + fee for paper bags

Lafayette | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | 50% of food packaging must be recyclable

Los Gatos | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | Polystyrene foam foodservice packaging banned

San Diego Unified Port District | Energy & Water Reporting | Min Bldg Size: All | Legislative Effort

San Francisco | Mandatory Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 5,000 sq. ft.

San Francisco | Mandatory Energy Audit Every 5 Years | Min Bldg Size: 10,000 sq. ft.

Santa Monica | Energy Benchmarking | Policy Interest Only

Ukiah | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | Polystyrene foam foodservice packaging banned

Walnut Creek | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | Polystyrene foam foodservice packaging banned

 

COLORADO

State | Energy Benchmarking | Legislative Effort

Boulder | Mandatory Energy Reporting | Min Bldg Size (Existing): 50,000 sq. ft. | Due Aug 1 ’16

Boulder | Mandatory Energy Reporting | Min Bldg Size (New): 10,000 sq. ft. | Due Aug 1 ’16

Boulder | Mandatory Energy Reporting | Min Bldg Size: 30,000 sq. ft. | Due June 1 ’18

Boulder | Mandatory Energy Reporting | Min Bldg Size: 20,000 sq. ft. | Due June 1 ’20

 

CONNECTICUT

State | Energy Benchmarking | Legislative Effort

State | Mandatory Composting | Certain businesses must source-separate and recycle organic materials.

State | Mandatory Recycling | Required recycling of designated items.

 

DELAWARE

State | Mandatory Recycling Program | Min Waste Size: Any

 

FLORIDA

Miami Beach | Mandatory Recycling Ordinance | Required single-stream recycling.

Miami-Dade County | Mandatory Recycling Ordinance | Required recycling of a minimum of three materials

Orlando | Energy Benchmarking | Policy Interest Only

 

GEORGIA

Atlanta | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft. | Due June 1 ’16

Atlanta | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 25,000 sq. ft. | Due June 1 ’17

Atlanta | Mandatory Energy Assessments | If the ABID* ends in the same digit as the year

 

ILLINOIS

State | Energy Benchmarking | Pilot Program

Chicago | Mandatory Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.

 

MARYLAND

State | Energy Benchmarking | Legislative Effort

Montgomery County | Mandatory Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 250,000 sq. ft. | Due Dec 1 ’16

Montgomery County | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | Prohibited use by food service businesses | Begins Jan 1 ’16

Takoma Park | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | Polystyrene disposable food service ware banned

 

MASSACHUSETTS

State | Food Waste Ban | Min Food Waste Size: 1 ton/week

State | Recycling | ~50 Municipalities received grant monies to divert mattresses from landfills | View awards

Boston | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.

Cambridge | Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.

Cambridge | Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 25,000 sq. ft. | Comply by May 1 ’16

South Hadley | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | Polystyrene disposable food containers banned

 

MICHIGAN

State | Energy Benchmarking | Legislative Effort

 

MINNESOTA

Minneapolis | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.

Minneapolis | Mandatory Environmentally Acceptable Food & Beverage Packaging

 

MISSOURI

Kansas City | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 100,000 sq. ft. | Comply by May 1 ’17

Kansas City | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft. | Comply by May 1 ’18

 

NEW JERSEY

State | Mandatory Recycling Program | Required recycling of bottles, cans, newspaper & cardboard.

 

NEW MEXICO

State | Energy Benchmarking | Legislative Effort

 

NEW YORK

New York City | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.

New York City | Mandatory Energy Audit Every 10 Years | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.

New York City | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | Polystyrene food items & packing peanuts banned

 

OREGON

State | Energy Benchmarking | Legislative Effort

Portland | Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft. | Comply by April 22 ’16

Portland | Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 20,000 sq. ft. | Comply by April 22 ’17

 

PENNSYLVANIA

State | Mandatory Recycling | Required recycling of cans, corrugated cardboard, office paper & leaf waste

Philadelphia | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.

Pittsburgh | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft. | City buildings comply by June 1 ’17, private-sector by June 1 ’18

 

TENNESSEE

State | Energy Benchmarking | Legislative Effort

 

TEXAS

Austin | Mandatory Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 10,000 sq. ft.

 

VERMONT

State | Energy Benchmarking | Legislative Effort

Burlington | Energy Benchmarking | Policy Interest Only

 

WASHINGTON

State | Mandatory Energy Benchmarking for Seller at Time of Sale | Min Building Size: 10,000 sq. ft. 

Seattle | Mandatory Composting | Required composting of food & compostable waste

Seattle | Mandatory Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 20,000 sq. ft.

Seattle | Mandatory Recycling | Min Waste Size: Any

 

WASHINGTON D.C.

District | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.

District | Polystyrene Foam Container Ban | Legislative Effort

 

WISCONSIN

Madison | Energy Benchmarking | Policy Interest Only

 

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