News Analysis

Taxpayers' Group Targets Federal Government's Use of LEED

A think tank and lobbying group called the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has requested nine years’ worth of emails between the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creator of the LEED rating systems. According to reporter Michael Bastasch of conservative website The Daily Caller, the goal of the request is “to shed light on any possible influence the green nonprofit could have had on the GSA’s decision to require all buildings meet USGBC’s green building certification program.”

“Pretty inane”

The group is likely to be disappointed, says Lane Burt, USGBC’s director of technical policy, who adds that USGBC staff members correspond regularly with GSA staff members.

Published January 25, 2013

Melton, P. (2013, January 25). Taxpayers' Group Targets Federal Government's Use of LEED. Retrieved from