A bill that would effectively ban Georgia-owned buildings from using the green certification program known as LEED is heading to the governor’s desk.
The bill requires that to use a green certification program on state buildings, that program must consider lumber from Georgia to be sustainable. LEED uses a forestry standard that doesn’t include most wood from Georgia.
“The program basically discriminates against 97 percent of the wood grown in Georgia,” said Senator Dean Burke, R-Bainbridge, who sponsored the bill.
Lawmakers who opposed the bill pointed out that buildings could still achieve LEED-certification and use local lumber.
Georgia has already been following this rule since the governor issued an executive order in 2012.