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U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) describes itself as the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry. The reason for this is its trademarked rating system for buildings known as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Since 2000, 167 buildings have been LEED certified, and more than 1,800 are in the pipeline, a conservative indicator of the USGBC's influence.

Because LEED standards have a growing influence on materials used by building product manufacturers, LEED is rapidly becoming the nation's de facto green building code.

According to the USGBC, If it's not LEED, it's not green. Thus, it is of utmost concern to HBN and environmental health advocacy groups that the USGBC, bowing to pressure from chemical industry trade groups, provides no credits that further important environmental health policy goals, such as the elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxics.

HBN is leading the effort to persuade the USGBC to develop LEED standards that reward best practices in the building industry which further the goals of the Stockholm Convention on POPs, which sets a goal of eliminating some of the world's most toxic chemicals.

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