Resolution to Support Georgia’s Forests
WHEREAS the forest products industry in Georgia provides more than 115,000 jobs, supports more than $25 billion in annual economic activity, and supports more than 24 million acres of Georgia forestland.
WHEREAS the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) only recognizes building materials certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for credit toward its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
WHEREAS FSC certifies 0.1% of the productive forestland in Georgia, and a requirement for FSC certified materials would exclude 99.9% of the building materials produced from Georgia’s forests.
WHEREAS these Georgia produced building materials are renewable, sustainable, and many are certified by other programs which include, but are not limited to: Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and American Tree Farm System.
WHEREAS Governor Deal issued an executive order in August 2012 which requires state projects to use only programs which recognize all product certification standards equally.
WHEREAS Governor Deal’s order does not apply to private projects and “school districts, municipalities, and counties”.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Georgia Republican Party will actively discourage the use of LEED certification. All delegates to this convention are hereby charged to protect Georgia’s timber industry by going home and encouraging their local elected officials to follow Governor Deal’s lead. All local projects should recognize all timber certifications equally.