Petition Demands Change to LEED Building Standard
WASHINGTON, DC—An online petition demanding changes to the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standard is gaining support. The petition calls for the USGBC to open LEED to all "wood and paper products certified to independent, respected and credible standards including SFI, ATFS, CSA, FSC and PEFC."
Currently LEED only recognizes FSC certification, which accounts for less than one quarter of the North American certified lands, according to the SFI. Whereas, more than three quarters of North American certified forests are certified to standards including the SFI, American Tree Farm System and Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
EU Services, Rockville, MD, participated in the Maryland Department of the Environment's Pollution Prevention Intern Program. Based on recommendations of its engineering intern, the company installed a high-volume fan and a new "cool roof" above its pressroom facility. To reduce VOC emissions and hazardous waste, it purchased water-based parts washers.
Miami-based Original Impressions has purchased Green-e certified renewable green power, resulting in it being the only printer headquartered in Florida to be Green-e Marketplace Certified.
Dixie Printing and Packaging, based in Glen Burnie, MD, has received SFI and FSC chain-of-custody certifications from the Bureau Veritas.
BBF Integrated Solutions, a Condalkin Group company in Largo, FL, is now a triple-certified FSC, SFI and PEFC chain-of-custody printer.
Using renewable energy credits, Clifton, NJ-based Premium Color Group plans to use renewable energy as its sole source of power via an agreement with Renewable Choice Energy.
Launched in 2007, Agfa's GreenWorks global environmental recognition awards program has now honored 150 printers. PI