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Friday, June 16, 2006

LEED standards

At last Friday's Council meeting, we took an important and exciting step: we voted to adopt the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard for new City buildings.

We referred this decision to the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee and Environmental Coordinating Team, the City's external and internal environmental advisors, for them to look into some of the specifics. For instance, should we go through the full process to get our buildings LEED-certified, or should we just ensure that they are LEED-certifiable? In other words, should we use the standards without going for certification? If we do go for certification, what level should we aim for - Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum?

CEAC/ECT have been directed to bring their input back to the HEE committee for final action by July 10.


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