NC County Commissioner Knocks FSC’s Lock on LEED

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In a July 23 op-ed appearing in the Asheville [North Carolina] Citizen-Times, one David Young argues the case that the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building standard’s  bias in favor of Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood “creates artificial demand for FSC products and inflates prices on furniture, lumber and many other goods Americans buy.  Such a practice favors the purchasing of wood products from Indonesia, China and elsewhere, instead of many environmentally conscious products from U.S. forests.  Around 90 percent of FSC’s land certifications occur outside the United States.”  Who is David Young?  “Former president of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners and former chair of the N.C. Democratic Party.”