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Another personal Agenda 21 story


This article was submitted by a reader whose livelihood is affected by the

US GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL and will remain anonymous. Before beginning, See


First, some background:


Agenda 21 is difficult to understand. It has been designed that way so that “Low Information Voters” will not understand what is happening to them until it’s too late. Many of our law makers say that Agenda 21 is just soft law, and inconsequential. Some say it doesn’t even exists! They are wrong. Agenda 21 was passed by executive order and has led to un-believable intrusions on our constitutional rights without the oversight of our elected representatives. Now, we face  Rio + 20. To understand what this will mean see More:


Rio+20 is the 2012 conference that convened high-ranking leaders from government, think tanks, the private sector and civil society to accelerate the implementation of sustainable development and the green economy.

USGBC (United States Green Building Council) is always pleased to be part of the global dialogue and leadership surrounding the international development agenda for the next decade and beyond. Rio+20 impacts the work of government, national institutions, civil society organizations and corporations at the national, regional and local levels, as well as fuel the progress of critical sustainable programs around the world.


In 2011, USGBC co-hosted with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, the Honorable Sha Zukang, secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). His keynote address, The Road to Rio+20, explained the role of key global and national stakeholders and the impact and vision of the historic Rio+20 conference.Question, where were our elected representatives on this?




Now, the story


I (anonymous) work for a commercial building restoration company. We heal sick buildings...mold, water, smoke, air ducts, air quality testing, and the list goes on. We are not a "green" company. Our "green" is about Benjamin's. We are simply competitive with like companies—our competition.


Several years ago I got involved with the green building movement, and the leader of the movement was the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Green buildings became a hot word and I steered our company to understand what green buildings were all about. Two of us went to the USGBC schooling to become "certified" as we learned the lingo. We were then tested.


My classmate peers were mostly architects. The instructors were of a different mold. They were older liberals, and I do believe many were part of the original "Earth Day" movement in 1973. As we know, that was the beginning of environmentalism. Mother Earth, Gaia...blah blah blah. 


Now we know the USGBC is part of Agenda 21. So what? Right? Well, the USGBC created the L.E.E.D. certification. So, what’s that? The following is from


What is LEED?

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based, market­-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. From individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED addresses the entire lifecycle of a building.


Participation in the voluntary LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. LEED provides building owners and operators the tools they need to immediately impact their building’s performance and bottom line, while providing healthy indoor spaces for a building’s occupants.


LEED projects have been successfully established in 135 countries. International projects, those outside the United States, make up more than 50% of the total LEED registered square footage. LEED unites us in a single global community and provides regional solutions, while recognizing local realities.

How it works

For commercial buildings and neighborhoods, a project must satisfy all LEED prerequisites and earn a minimum of 40 points on a 110-point LEED rating system scale. Homes must earn a minimum of 45 points on a 136-point scale.

Developing LEED

LEED is developed, implemented and maintained with the help of the LEED Committees. Focusing more on the application of LEED, the LEED International Roundtable identifies ways LEED can better meet the needs of global users. Together, these groups include representatives from a variety of industries across the country and around the globe.


Then we have this little segment:

LEED for Neighborhood Development

LEED for Neighborhood Development integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design.

Whole neighborhoods, portions of neighborhoods, multiple neighborhoods—there is no minimum or maximum size for a LEED for Neighborhood Development project.

A rating system for today — for a brighter tomorrow (

Thoughtful neighborhood planning can limit the need for automobiles and their greenhouse gas emissions.Mixed-use development and pedestrian-friendly streets encourage walking, bicycling and public transportation. Green buildings and infrastructure also lessen negative consequences for water resources, air quality and natural resource consumption.


The character of a neighborhood, including its streets, homes, workplaces, shops and public spaces, affects quality of life. Green developments respect historic resources and the existing community fabric. They preserve open space and encourage access to parks.


Combine the substantial environmental and social benefits, and the case for green neighborhoods makes itself.

Unlike any other

LEED for Neighborhood Development, developed in collaboration with Congress for the New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council, emphasizes elements that bring buildings and infrastructure together and relates the neighborhood to its local and regional landscape.


Wake up's in your back is more.



Often when a LEED rating is pursued, this will increase the cost of initial design and construction. One reason for the higher cost is that sustainable construction principles may not be well understood by the design professionals undertaking the project. This could require time to be spent on research. Some of the finer points of LEED (especially those which demand a higher-than-orthodox standard of service from the construction team) could possibly lead to misunderstandings between the design team, construction team, and client, which could result in delays. Also, there may be a lack of abundant availability of manufactured building components which meet LEED standards. Pursuing LEED certification for a project is an added cost in itself as well. This added cost comes in the form of USGBC correspondence, LEED design-aide consultants, and the hiring of the required Commissioning Authority (CxA) – all of which would not necessarily be included in an environmentally responsible project unless it were also seeking a LEED rating.


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So, how does LEED affect us? Local, state, federal government use our tax dollars to erect or retro a LEED building. There are maintenance rules once a LEED building is certified...if government is the’s our taxes that pay for it...


Who are the biggest LEED Platinum recipients?  Our federal government is number one. In fact, all federal buildings must comply to a minimum LEED certification. (Bronze) Check out Wake county schools. All new construction must comply with LEED silver. This extra taxpayer expense is not needed at all. Many corporations are going LEED "something" it's expensive, but that plaque in their lobby makes the building owner feel good.


In closing, when a hospital—any hospital—opens up a second hand smoke cancer ward,......wake me up when it happens.