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Thanks for visiting Mother Jones! If you come here often, might you consider supporting our journalism with a year-end donation? Or new to the US but like what you see? Learn about our 44-year history of doing nonprofit journalism and consider joining your fellow readers who make it all possible. We have a big 350 000 fundraising goal this month, which our CEO explains here, and so far we're well behind what we need to get there in the next two weeks. Whether you can give 5 or 500, it all matters to help keep the US charging hard. Hi. Thanks for visiting Mother Jones! If you come here often, might you consider supporting our journalism with a year-end donation? We have a big 350 000 fundraising goal this month, which our CEO explains here, and we're well behind what we need to get there in the next two weeks. Whether you can give 5 or 500, it all matters to help keep the US charging hard. This story first appeared on the Atlantic Cities website and is reproduced here as part of a Climate Desk collaboration. Amendments and Executive orders never actually mention LEED by name. They ban new Construction build with public money from seeking any Green Building certification that is not recognized by something called American National Standards Institute, or that doesnt treat all certifications for wood products equally. But that really just mouthful meant to ensure no more LEED-Certified courthouses or state offices or libraries. Behind the bans are a group of industriesprimarily, conventional timber, plastics and chemicals-unhappy that much of their product go unrecognized by the LEED standard created by the US Green Building Council. LEED now certifies million and half square feet of real estate Day, affixing the Green label on public buildings, commercial offices and private homes that rack up points on a 100-point scale and reward things like locally source materials and energy-efficient design. Using lumber clear-cut from side of sensitive stream half continent away does not, in short, get you anything. Certain things have been cut, says Lane Burt, USGBCs policy director. As a result, weve seen some political agitation, basically much more threatening posture saying if you do change this about LEED, or give US more points, well use our constitutional rights to petition the government to take LEED away. ' Mississippi was the most recent state to do this, with an amendment just tacked on to the transportation and housing appropriations bill. Alabama and Georgia have do same through Executive order. The Industry Coalition is also trying to push similar language through Congress that would cover New Construction from the largest property manager in the country, federal government. Industry objections have grown in direct proportion to LEEDs prominence. Thirty-four states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have policies either requiring LEED Construction or establishing strong incentives for it in public buildings. The federal government does too.

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