WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., is supporting efforts to
end discriminatory green building standard practices that negatively impact
the Mississippi timber industry.

“The federal government wields immense influence over green building
specifications in the federal sector and broader commercial marketplace,”
Wicker said. “However, I believe the government ought to support competition
and allow the free market to produce the best energy-efficient buildings at
the lowest costs. They must also support the use of domestically produced
materials such as sustainable wood and green technologies.”

Wicker is the lead Republican cosponsor of an amendment by Senator Mary
Landrieu, D-La., to S. 1392, the “Energy Savings and Industrial
Competitiveness Act of 2013.” The amendment specifies that the Department of
Energy (DOE) and the General Services Administration (GSA) should allow the
use of multiple green building rating systems for both commercial and
residential buildings.

“This amendment is a step forward to ensure GSA and DOE’s green building
policies are fair and effective,” Wicker said. “It will also ensure the
federal government is selecting green buildings certification systems that
are the most cost-efficient.”

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Sen. Roger Wicker