The State Assembly and the State Senate have each overwhelmingly passed bills that amend Section 19 of the Municipal Land Use Law (P.L. 1975, c.291) codified at N.J.S.A. 40:55D-28, which authorizes a local planning board to include in its master plan a “green buildings and environmental sustainability plan element.”  According to the Assembly bill (A1559), the purpose of this new master plan element is to encourage and promote, among other things, “the efficient use of natural resources [and] . . . the impact of buildings on the local, regional and global environment . . . through site orientation and design.”  The amendment now awaits approval by Governor Jon Corzine.