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Tell the USGBC to Open the LEED Rating System

6,321 Signatures Goal: 10,000

The undersigned urge the U.S. Green Building Council to open the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system to wood and paper products certified to independent, respected and credible standards, including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), American Tree Farm System (ATFS), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). We join with forestry and sustainability experts across North America and the world that recognize these standards and their crucial role in promoting responsible forestry.

More than three-quarters of North American certified forests are certified to SFI, ATFS or CSA, while Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests account for less than one quarter. The majority of FSC’s global supply comes from outside the U.S. and Canada. An unintended consequence of the USGBC’s current FSC-only policy is that builders, architects and designers seeking the forest certification credit may source FSC-certified products from offshore instead of domestic products certified to SFI, ATFS and CSA.

For the sake of our forests, our communities, the tens of thousands of family foresters who make their livelihoods from forestry and the future of green building across North America and globally, it is time for USGBC to do the right thing and recognize all credible forest certification standards: SFI, ATFS, CSA, FSC, and PEFC.

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  • Mitchell Graham
    Mitchell Graham United States, Tucker
    Apr 01, 2015
    Apr 01, 2015
    I live in Georgia and our State just opted out of LEED for government buildings because our timber is not FSC certified. Nearly all is SFI or American Tree Farm certified, however. LEED, by its inaction, is perversely causing Georgia and others to reject sustainable building standards.
  • David Overton
    David Overton United States, Tacoma
    Jun 11, 2014
    Jun 11, 2014
    Governments should not pick a winner in a certification standard. It should promote certification and allow the producer and consumer choose which certification body to use.
  • ALLEN SNOW
    ALLEN SNOW United States, San Pedro
    Jun 10, 2014
    Jun 10, 2014
    I HAVE THOUGHTTHIS SHOULD HAPPEN FOR YEARS. WE ALL KNOW THEY ARE PROTECTING THEIR OWN INTERESTS INSTEAD OF THE FORESTS. IT IS TIME FOR THEM TO PUTUP OR JOIN THE OTHERS IN HELPING OUR PLANET
  • Rashida Amahtullah
    Rashida Amahtullah United States, Monroeville
    Dec 13, 2013
    Dec 13, 2013
    A design for peace and a green industry is underway from Europe. Ask about black certificates and new bills and titles to congress for solar, clean air and food. Albertine.Harris
    @rashidaahmatull
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