DeFazio Signs as Original Cosponsor of Green New Deal for Public Housing Act
WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today, announced he is an original cosponsor of The Green New Deal for Public Housing Act, legislation that aims to retrofit, rehabilitate, and decarbonize the nation’s public housing stock.
“Climate change is an existential threat to humanity. We need to look for opportunities in every sector of our government and economy to make dramatic changes to reduce carbon emissions and improve sustainability and resiliency,” said DeFazio. “The benefit of the Green New Deal for Public Housing is that it also creates thousands of good paying jobs and invests in our vulnerable communities.
“As Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I am working to create a 21st Century transportation bill where renewable energy will play a major role. I’m working on a number of infrastructure bills to reduce carbon emissions and invest in green technology.”
The Green New Deal for Public Housing Act invests in sustainable retrofits and renewable energy sources, eliminates carbon emissions and provides funding to electrify buildings in federal public housing. The bill would improve living conditions for nearly 2 million people living in roughly 1 million public homes across the country.