Both Sides Lining Up Against USGBC’s Wood-Cert Vote

Posted by Rumin Mann
October 29th, 2010

FSC calls for no vote and enlists enviro groups to back it; SFI attacks idea for opposite reasons

Key players in the years-long fight over green construction wood-certification schemes appear to be uniting–for opposite reasons–behind promoting a “no” vote on a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) proposal that would set standards on which groups’ wood certification schemes will qualify for points in the USGBC’s LEED program.

Early today–the first day of balloting on the proposal–the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) U.S. branch came out against the proposal, and backed up its call by distributing an open letter from 14 major environmental groups urging eligible voters to cast their votes against the proposal on grounds that the USGBC standards should be at least as rigorous as the FSC’s.

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