• Petitioned Senator Lamar Alexander

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Senator Lamar Alexander

Senator Lamar Alexander: Vote down ANSI amendment on S761

    1. Petition by

      Tennessee Chapters 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 Alexander to stand up for better, healthier buildings!


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kris Duran MURFREESBORO, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      • This amendment is bad public policy, promoted by special interests that want to retard the use of high performance building design and construction best practices

      • The requirement for ANSI approval is a special interest smoke-screen that would prevent the Federal Government from using many of the nation’s best practices, such as the model building codes that are in use across the country)

    • Carol Montgomery CONCORD, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      Green building will save money for the tax payer, the home owner, the government, and help keep us living on the planet longer.

    • david parker BRENTWOOD, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      It's a major part of my business and marketing

    • jim haney NASHVILLE, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      i think it is important to cut energy use in all buildings silly to waste money on energy when we can spend on other things

    • Wolf Naegeli KNOXVILLE, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      Green building "standards" actually are design frameworks and rating systems, not standards in the more traditional form, such as those needed to guarantee the compatibility, interoperability, quality, safety, etc. of specific aspects of products and materials.

      As such, ANSI standards are important in the building industry to faciltate trade and to assure that building components meet design requirements.

      Green building criteria systems, however, are meant to deal with a building or neighborhood in its entirety and help to assure that the design, construction, and operation of the objects in question are planned in a way that optimizes the benefits of a multitude of goals to achieve high energy efficiency and cost effectiveness, low environmental impacts, healthful conditions for the inhabitants, and a good balance between public and private interests.

      Because of vastly different geographic and economic conditions at building locations across the nation, it makes no sense to limit the choice and flexibility of project originators to select the green building framework that suits them best.

      Please do not limit this choice arbitrarily.


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