Doesn't get much simpler than this: Montgomery County (suburban DC) has approved legislation requiring "green building" features for future public and private construction in the county (via washington business journal).
There are plenty of "model codes" out there, yet why reinvent the deal.
Especially for places like Kaua`i, this should be a simple "Yes" vote for our new County Council.
LEED is a national benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. The LEED green building rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, identifies criteria that positively impact the energy and environmental characteristics of a building, including sustainability of a site, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials and resources.
"Global warming is the greatest challenge facing our generation, and buildings are responsible for a substantial percentage of greenhouse gas emissions," says Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal in a statement.