As many celebrated the start of 2011 on January 1, two regulations went into effect that may impact green building and renewable energy, CleanTechies reported. These industry changes may be of interest to individuals who plan to pursue a sustainable business MBA.
The first of the two regulations to go into effect was CALGREEN, a mandatory green building standards code, which requires all new construction in California to be energy-efficient and environmentally responsible.
If CALGREEN has no significant impact on building rates and costs, other states and municipalities may follow suit in adopting it, the news source expects. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, it is also questionable what effect California's new code will have on LEED (the internationally recognized green building certification system).
Regulation of the release of greenhouse gas (GHG) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act is the second change that went into effect. The purpose of this initiative is to limit harmful emissions from facilities such as power plants.
According to CleanTechies, if the changes implemented by the EPA remain in place, more GHG regulations may follow in other categories.
Pursuing a degree such as a Green MBA may be a good way to stay abreast of changes in the sustainable industry.