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Georgia Ban On Green Building Certification Heads To Governor

Building 1516 is the first University of Georgia's residence hall to be LEED certified.
Building 1516 is the first University of Georgia's residence hall to be LEED certified.
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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.

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