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People First Portland is a bold, democratic campaign to pass five referendum initiatives in the November election that will put our residents’ needs before corporate profits.

Watch: Who Does Portland Belong To?

Watch: Portland’s Housing Crisis Explained

In Response To Recent Developer Mailer on GND

In a recent mailing, developers opposing the Green New Deal falsely claim, ‘An error in the law accidentally exempts buildings buildings over 5,000 square feet from greener building standards.’ In fact, the Green New Deal ordinance says that all 2,000+ sq ft buildings must meet the LEED standard. Once the 5,000 sq ft trigger occurs, the project must also demonstrate energy efficiency performance improvement of a certain percentage above the minimum stated in the latest version of ASHRAE 90.1: Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings in addition to LEED requirements triggered at 2,000 sq ft. This ensures that a project pursuing LEED does, in fact, meet appreciable building energy efficiency improvements despite any current or future LEED energy efficiency targets. We can’t speak to the intent from the previous version, but our intent was to avoid a problem where, in the past, larger projects could essentially buy their way around LEED standard without making real efficiency gains. Here, we used the ASHRAE language already present in the ordinance as a backstop against that kind of workaround.
 

Our Partners

These groups support & endorse all five ballot referenda.

Southern Maine DSA

Southern Maine DSA

Southern Maine Workers’ Center

Southern Maine Workers’ Center

Black P.O.W.E.R. (Formerly BLM Portland)

Black P.O.W.E.R.
(Formerly BLM Portland)

Southern Maine Labor Council

Southern Maine Labor Council

New England Regional Council of Carpenters

New England Regional Council of Carpenters

Democratic Socialists of America

Democratic Socialists of America

Maine People’s Housing Coalition

Maine People’s Housing Coalition

International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #4

International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #4

The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union

The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union

Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 716

Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 716

Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council

Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council

Local 327 Laborers

Local 327 Laborers

Portland Maine Green Party

Portland Maine Green Party

Progressive Portland

Progressive Portland

Our Revolution Maine

Our Revolution Maine

Fair Rent Portland

Fair Rent Portland

 

Our Endorsers

Endorses A, B, D, E

Endorses A, B, D, E

Fight for the Future Endorses B

Fight for the Future
Endorses B

Portland Maine Democratic City Committee Endorses A, B, C, D

Portland Maine Democratic City Committee
Endorses A, B, C, D

ACLU of Maine Endorses B

ACLU of Maine
Endorses B

 

The People First Portland campaign is organized by Southern Maine DSA and its allies.

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