Thursday, April 1, 2010

LEED Ratings and Certified Wood and Paper Products

A petition has been started urging the U.S. Green Building Council to open the 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).  Currently, the LEED standard only accepts forests certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).


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 petition has almost at 5,000 signitures.

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