Senator Ron Wyden: Vote down anti-LEED amendment on S761
This amendment threatens to ban the use of LEED by the Federal Government.
We need your help telling Senator Wyden to oppose any amendment to the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act S.761 that would ban or limit the federal government from using effective, proven green building programs like the LEED green building rating system.
Speak up and tell Congress to oppose any anti-green building amendment being pushed by the chemical lobby that will cost taxpayer dollars, waste resources and undermine the government’s ability to be a green building leader. Your voice is needed.
Sign our petition to tell Senator Wyden to stand up for better, healthier buildings!
The private sector has embraced tools such as the LEED green building rating system to meet their economic and environmental objectives. Last year more than 1,260 companies asked GSA to continue using LEED, and businesses are certifying 1.5 million square feet to LEED every day. To date, nearly 54,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems in 140 countries and territories, comprising 9.7 billion square feet of space. And 88 of the Fortune 100 companies are currently using LEED.
In addition, more than 1,000 federal projects have achieved LEED certification, showing that green building best practices are both practical and cost-effective. A study conducted by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory showed that the GSA’s LEED-certified buildings saved on average 27 percent in energy and 19 percent in operating costs. Recently, the National Academy of Sciences conducted a review of green building rating systems and concluded that DOD should continue to use LEED Silver or an equivalent rating for its new buildings or major renovations to facilities.
The government should use taxpayer dollars wisely and transparently, protect and expand the American workforce and catalyze future growth and competitiveness. High-performing, LEED-certified buildings are a path toward all these goals. It makes fiscal sense for the federal government to be allowed access to the best practices of the private sector - to save taxpayer dollars while reducing environmental impacts.
We strongly encourage you to oppose a costly and unprecedented amendment and show your commitment to fiscal and environmental stewardship.