SALT LAKE CITY — A proposed bill encouraging Utah schools to be built or upgraded in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification level has been rejected by state legislators, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
According to the story, Democrats defended the bill, saying it would have saved schools up to $100,000 in energy costs, improved indoor air quality and implement proper lighting.
Critics, however, argued that the law would impose extra costs on schools that are already operating on smaller budgets, and added that schools could incorporate energy-saving measures without having to meet all qualifications for LEED certification, the story stated.
Representative Brad Dee said: "We need to be really careful here. We''re asking [schools] to create a fiscal liability."
The bill was defeated by a vote of 47 to 21, the story added.