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A Framework To Reconcile Green Goals With Budget Reality, Rachel Mosier, Douglas D. Gransberg Apr 2013

A Framework To Reconcile Green Goals With Budget Reality, Rachel Mosier, Douglas D. Gransberg

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Publications

A public agency that decides to implement green design and construction features in its capital improvement program is actually adding an undetermined incremental cost to the initial cost of public buildings. Past research has portrayed these costs as a percentage increase, essentially creating an overall contingency for green buildings, but no work has been done to quantify the incremental cost on a building's actual design program that can be assigned directly to the project budget. This research sought to provide an objective approach to estimating sustainable design and proposes a framework for estimating the initial capital costs of sustainable ...


Land Retirement Program Design In The Presence Of Crop Insurance Subsidies, David A. Hennessy Jul 2009

Land Retirement Program Design In The Presence Of Crop Insurance Subsidies, David A. Hennessy

CARD Working Papers

The U.S. federal government implements environmental, biofuels and crop insurance programs that influence land use. They are not well integrated in that cost savings from crop insurance subsidies are not acknowledged when screening land for retirement or when calculating the cost of land retirement programs. We identify and evaluate an optimal benefit index for enrollment in a land retirement program that includes a sub-index to rank land according to insurance subsidy savings. All else equal, land ranked higher in the Lorenz stochastic order should be retired first.