By staying in line with LEED principles, businesses can improve their carbon footprint while making the best choices for themselves as companies. This means that choosing environmental office solutions can also mean making a good decision that complies with the law. In an article for the United States Green Building Council’s blog, Taryn Holowka recently examined that organization’s role in promoting the use of legally harvested wood in office products.
In her piece, Holowka discussed how the ethics of using properly sourced wood meshes with the USGBC’s greater goals. In addition to environmental concerns, the group also promotes social responsibility, so it makes sense that it is taking a stand against the use of illegal timber. Companies that want to stay in line with USGBC principles may boost their own social responsibility by following suit.
Earlier this April, the USGBC announced a special pilot compliance path credit to promote better practices for using wood. Council Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi said that the standard is intended to help stop illegal logging in an April 5 statement.