Petition for USGBC to open the LEED Rating System to all credible forest certification standards

Posted by Rumin Mann
March 19th, 2010

The Sustainable Forestry Intiative (SFI) put out a petition urgingthe USGBC to open the LEED Rating System to recognise all credible forest certification standards used in North America.  Currently, the USGBC’s complex benchmark system may result in the continued exclusion of independent forest certification standards used in North America, including SFI, the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), the Canadian Standards Association’s Sustainable Forest Management Standard (CSA), and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC).

Why should you sign:

  • If you’re a strong supporter of sustainable forestry and green building in North America, you understand the crucial role LEED plays in recognizing sustainable building products. SFI and other credible standards deserve a seat at the table.
  • Only 10% of the world’s forests are certified, but the USGBC’s oversight doesn’t account for many of these forests by being exclusive in their LEED Rating System.
  • This is an opportunity to join forces with forestry and sustainability experts around the world who recognize the credibility of SFI and other forest certification programs.
  • 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 majority of FSC’s global supply comes from outside the US and Canada. An unintended consequence of the USGBC’s current FSC-only policy is that builders, architects and designers seeking the forest certification credit may source FSC-certified products from offshore instead of domestic products certified to SFI, ATFS, or CSA.

SFI has had more than 2000 people across North America sign the petition.  For more information, please click here to read SFI’s statement.

Click here to sign the petition.

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