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LEED Policy on Certified Wood Gets Only Minor Changes

In the latest step of its controversial process to refine what passes for sustainably harvested forest products in its LEED rating systems, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released new revisions of the policy, and opened a new public comment period. The fourth comment period runs through July 4, 2010.

Two camps, both unhappyUSGBC’s current policy of recognizing only forest products certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards has drawn fire from groups representing other certification standards, especially the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), that claim to be just as good. Meanwhile, environmental and social justice groups have rallied against any broadening of the policy, calling for recognition of only of “FSC or better.” Both camps have taken shots at the new policy throughout the previous three public comment periods (see “Revised Wood Credit Slammed From Both Sides”).

Published June 14, 2010

Roberts, T. (2010, June 14). LEED Policy on Certified Wood Gets Only Minor Changes. Retrieved from