BlueGreen Alliance | Roadmap to Navigating Federal Funding for Public Buildings

Roadmap to Navigating Federal Funding for Public Buildings

July 5, 2023

The 117th Congress passed historic infrastructure legislation that can be utilized to retrofit buildings, including Municipal, University, School, and Hospital (MUSH) buildings. MUSH buildings are particularly important, serving as essential community assets that represent significant opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve health outcomes, build climate resilience, and support and create good, local jobs all while addressing equity and environmental justice. The objective of this roadmap is to identify the federal funding opportunities available through the Inflation Reduction Act, The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and, in the case of schools, the American Rescue Plan, that can be used to upgrade MUSH buildings. 

Relevant legislation includes: 

The Inflation Reduction Act: The Inflation Reduction Act was passed by U.S. Senate and House Democrats and signed into law by President Joe Biden on August 16, 2022. It established a host of critical investments in the clean economy, including in energy efficient buildings. 

The BIL: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), was passed on November 15, 2021. This is a once-in-a-generation investment of $1.2 trillion for repairing and modernizing infrastructure—including buildings—while creating good, union jobs. 

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