Government Relations: House of Representatives reestablishes committee on climate change

As I mentioned in my last post, we switched gears on our February feature. Usually, every February, we highlight content that is in some way tied to government relations. However, because there's isn't a lot of content available in the Knowledge Library on that topic--and because the polar vortex is seriously disrupting facilities--we are highlighting winter preparation, emergency preparedness, sustainability and climate change content. But, to still provide an update on government relations, I connected with Jeff Johnson our Director of Government Relations to see how winter relates to Washington. Here's what he had to say:

With Washington and majority of the country locked in a deep freeze and much of the Capitol focused on avoiding another government shutdown, Congress continues to press ahead with setting a legislative agenda for 2019. As a result of the Democratic takeover of House of Representatives, the country can expect a returned focus to progressive issues like climate change.

In January House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House would reestablish a Select Committee on Climate Crisis providing a platform not only to examine the administrations energy policy but also to vet climate change solutions. While climate change and sustainability remain a divisive issue in Washington, for much of the country, and most of the world, the question is well settled. Regardless of the science of climate change the business case for sustainability is undeniable.

Use this month's Knowledge Library resources to improve your sustainability practices, reduce energy consumption, and impact your organization's bottom line.

Knowledge Pass subscribers can also download this FREE Winter Preparedness Checklist.

Want to get more involved in government relations for facility management? Check out the IFMA website for details on Advocacy Day, which takes place very September. Click here to learn more.