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LEED program discussed at annual Federal Summit

The U.S. Green Building Council's seventh annual Federal Summit convened May 18 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., for a two-day exchange of ideas on how to best meet the goals of increased sustainability in existing buildings and communities in order to significantly impact the environment and economy.

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The summit provides a forum for discussing global climate change and energy dependence, and for keeping government leaders abreast of emergent green building initiatives, tools and technologies. Updates on the LEED green building certification program and other Green Building Council activities were also included in the program.

"Considerable progress has been made on the path to sustainability in all parts of the United States with stimulus funds supporting the improvement of government buildings at the federal, state and local levels. By working together to change the way we design, build and operate buildings, implement best practices and utilize green building programs, we can dramatically improve the performance of our public building stock," says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC, in a news release.

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