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Baraboo City Council rejects LEED proposal

July 29, 2010
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BARABOO, WI — Fearing it would stifle redevelopment, the Baraboo City Council rejected a proposal to require Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or other formal energy-efficiency certifications for new construction within the Ringling Riverfront area, according to the News Republic.
The council instead directed the Baraboo Plan Commission to prepare guidelines promoting use of environmentally-sound building techniques while avoiding the cost of formal certification systems, the article noted.
According to the article, the city''s existing plan for redeveloping the Baraboo River corridor calls for developers to comply with the LEED architectural guidelines.
However, during recent meetings of the Baraboo Economic Development Commission, members raised the issue that LEED certification costs thousands of dollars: They also observed there are other, less-expensive organizations offering guidelines and monitoring to promote green construction, the article stated.
"You could say they can use the LEED guidelines, I''m not opposed to that," said Alderman Phil Wedekind.
"But when you say they have to be LEED-certified, all you''re doing is taking money out of the developer and putting it in the hands of the certifier. All the guy gets out of it is a plaque on the wall," Wedekind added.
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