California unanimously approved its Green Building Standards Code dubbed “CalGreen,” making it the first state to enact a mandatory green building law. Effective January 1, 2011, Calgreen
requires that every new building reduce water consumption by 20
percent, divert 50 percent of construction waste from landfills, and
install low pollutant-emitting materials and water saving plumbing
As California prepares to implement its own cap-and-trade
climate change law, state officials are looking to ease the economic
burden on consumers by using revenues generated to deliver a tax rebate
to families, an approach called "cap-and-dividend."