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DC Tops List of Costly, Subsidized 'Green' Buildings


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Given the questions regarding the waste borne of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for green building certification, it’s almost fitting that Washington D.C has again topped the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) list with the highest concentration of LEED-certified buildings.

According to a report from Sustainable Business Oregon, the District of Columbia boasts “36.7 million square feet of LEED-certified building per capita,” having increased its number by 22.2 million square feet in 2012.

A total of 13 federal agencies, along with almost 450 other agencies of government nationwide, mandate adherence to LEED standards in new or remodeling building projects. The standards originate from the USGBC, and the structure of the entire boondoggle has led to accusations of monopoly by design.

Just last week, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for all email correspondence between the General Services Administration (GSA) and the USGBC.

GSA is the largest purveyor of the federal buildings that have put DC at the top of the LEED-certified list. A separate study from USA Today totals somewhere around a third of all LEED-backed buildings as being government-owned.Scissors-32x32.png

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