10 Oct '11, 11am

Will new LEED standards allow for clearcut timber?

Will new LEED standards allow for clearcut timber?

The green building gurus must have spit their coffee across the table when they saw the full-page ad in the Toronto Star this week. The U.S. Green Building Council and its Canadian sister organization had rallied hundreds of architects and developers to the city for their annual love-in, Green Build. Forest conservation groups seized the opportunity to plant ads in the local paper, with the USGBC logo photoshopped to read "U.S. GreenWASH Building Council." OK, not the cleverest of PR ploys. (We'll have to reserve that title for one of PETA's many gags .) But it had to smart just a little. So what's up? "They're on the brink of taking the second E out of LEED," says Todd Paglia, executive director of the nonprofit Forest Ethics. (For those who haven't been paying attention, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design . Created by the Green Building Council...

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