Maine Nixes LEED Certification for State Buildings

Governor Paul Lepage of Maine has banned the use of LEED certification in state buildings. Lloyd Alter at Treehugger says it's all about the timber industry.

Alter says much of Maine's timber is not harvested in LEED-approved methods by the Forest Stewardship Council, and is therefore excludes the state from receiving a point in that category.

It turns out that Maine has some unlikely allies in that regard, Alter writes:

"For a couple of years the USGBC has been under attack from ForestEthics, the Sierra Club and other environmental groups for its consideration of including other lumber certification programs for points in LEED."

Full Story: State of Maine Bans Use Of LEED In State Construction

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