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Virginia building program LEEDs to 'green' savings

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A green-energy program is fleecing public- and private-sector building projects across the nation, according to the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.

Virginia officials say they have a better way to produce environment state savings.

Instead of requiring approval from the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, the state Department of General Services prescribes alternatives to the LEED regimen.

Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Standards are a built-in alternative to LEED certification of state-owned buildings.

“VEES provides a method to assure state-owned buildings conserve energy and are environmentally friendly, but it avoids the cost, proprietary national requirements and the time required for LEED certification,” DGS spokesman Susan Pollard told Watchdog.org.

Read the rest of the article here.http://watchdog.org/120463/environment-state-savings/

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