By Derek Newberry, Advocacy Fellow

If you couldn't make it to yesterday morning's lively and important advocacy breakfast about Green Tax Benefits, here's a brief summary of what you missed, and some of the great resources that were shared.

There was a big turnout of both regulars and newcomers, who came for the donuts—and stayed for the invaluable tips about how to save big on their energy efficiency projects. Jerome Garciano, an attorney at Robinson & Cole and one of Chapter's Advocacy Committee members, spoke about tax credits, deductions, and other financial incentives at the federal and state level. Jerome shared an very worthwhile resource for green builders with his Green Tax Incentive Compendium, an easy-to-access tax guide with federal and state-specific information about tax incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Below is the one of the slides that prompted the most questions and discussion from the audience. The chart simply illustrates the process and players in an energy investment tax credit. There are a lot of other valuable slides in Jerome's PowerPoint presentation, which you can access here


IRS Code 179D—Big Tax Breaks, But Surprisingly Unknown

We also heard from Jack Keleher, the Deputy General Counsel at Massachusetts' Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAMM). He explained an incentive program that surprisingly few architects, engineers, and developers in the green building industry are aware of—even though 179D could potentially bring huge tax breaks to their businesses. Check out this article from that clearly explains what IRS Code 179D means for project developers, or email Jack Keleher if you have questions about how you can get DCAMM to sign off on your energy-efficient projects (the IRS requires that your projects are approved by a third party).

Thank you to our engaged audience and our wonderful presenters for sharing their expertise. We're looking forward to hosting more Advocacy breakfasts like this in the near future; please email if there's a green building advocacy issue you'd like to hear about at an upcoming breakfast meeting, or if you would like to be a presenter. See you next time!


Here are some photos of Massachusetts' green building advocates at yesterday's breakfast:


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