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WASHINGTON - American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman has issued the following statement regarding the Department of Energy’s (DOE) final rule released today establishing criteria for green building certification systems used by federal agencies.
“DOE’s final rule is an important step toward broader acceptance of all credible green building rating systems, including Green Globes, LEED, and the National Green Building Standard. Government green building policies should be inclusive, recognize the value of wood as a sustainable building material, be based on sound science - including life cycle analysis of building materials - and have been developed in a consensus process that meets the spirit of the ANSI guidelines.”
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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.