In a recent press release, the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) announced “a new pilot Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) credit that is designed to further advance environmentally responsible forest management. The pilot ACP builds on the robust infrastructure that has been built around responsible wood sourcing and chain-of-custody to test an approach to prerequisite requirements, which could serve as a model for other building materials.”
- The green building industry, over the past 15 years, “has invested a significant amount of resources related to responsible procurement of forest products, which has taken up the vast majority of the debate about raw materials sourcing.
- The pilot ACP is designed to address a critical piece of the supply chain, and reward project teams who proactively verify that the wood they are using is legal.”
“Healthy, vibrant forests are an essential piece of life as we know it,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and USGBC founding chair. “As we have begun looking at approaches to incentivize responsible sourcing of all materials that go into our buildings - such as concrete, steel, copper, and other materials – we recognize the need to address both the top – rewarding the best – as well as the bottom, by eliminating unacceptable practices.” To read the entire release, visit www.usgbc.org .