• Petitioning Senator Al Franken

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Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Senator Al Franken

Senator Al Franken: Vote down ANSI amendment on S761

    1. Petition by

      Minnesota Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council

We have until Tuesday, May 7 to tell the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to oppose any amendment to the Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act that would arbitrarily ban the federal government from using effective, proven green building programs like the LEED green building rating system.

 Single-issue special interests are lobbying to advance an unprecedented amendment that would jeopardize the government’s ability to save energy, water, and taxpayers’ money by banning LEED from use in federal projects. The amendment would mandate that green building rating systems be American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-certified for all federal projects. Not only would this action effectively ban LEED but it would also exclude many widely used systems such as many codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC).

 We’ve seen this type of thing before

Please join us in opposition to this hostile amendment and tell Congress to oppose any anti-green building amendment that will cost taxpayer dollars, waste resources, and undermine the government’s ability to lead on green building. Your leadership is needed.

 Sign our petition to tell Senator Franken to stand up for better, healthier buildings!

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    Reasons for signing

    • Dave Leptich SEATTLE, WA
      • 11 months ago

      Passing the "Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act", uncontaminated by destructive industry self-serving amendments, is a wonderful opportunity for the United States Government to take a major step forward in demonstrating to the rest of the world that we willing and prepared to lead global initiatives that move toward a more sustainable and livable world community.

    • Jason Grant SEBASTOPOL, CA
      • 11 months ago

      Green building policy should not be driven by vested interests

    • Joyce Kelly TUCSON, AZ
      • 11 months ago

      LEED represents the public's best interest while simultaneously working with industry. Using certified sustainable timber is just one optional credit. Avoiding plastics that contaminate indoor air are also optional credits.

    • Sameul Mores LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 11 months ago

      Capitalism is competition

    • Stuart Magruder LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 11 months ago

      The US Government must use the highest and best sustainability standard. Without a doubt USGBC's current LEED standard is the one the government should continue to require as we tackle our environmental challenges with real intent to make a difference.


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