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Industry publication "For Construction Pros" reports that Georgia's House and Senate have passed legislation effectively banning any future state buildings from seeking Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification. An industry standard for environmental sustainability managed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED system has come under fire for being prohibitively expensive for small companies, leaving many Georgia forestry operations unable to participate in state projects that sought the designation. With the passage of HB 255, Georgia's timber industry will have a shot at providing wood for government projects, though without LEED certification, there will be less accountability for environmental impact. [Base image: USGBC]