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Second Long Island County on Verge of Mandating LEED for Public Projects

It appears that Nassau County on Long Island is about to mandate LEED for public projects greater than 5,000 square feet or budgeted at $1 million or more. County Executive Thomas Suozzi announced at a press conference on Monday in Mineola that his proposal (also sponsored by legislators from Merrick and Oceanside) was approved by the requisite committees last week and will move before the full County legislature sometime next month. The Nassau legislation would mirror that which has been effect since 2006 on Long Island’s Suffolk County, though not replicate the developing LEED creep situation in the Town of Babylon, about which I’ve written before. Still, in light of the recent news from USGBC that the Bookshelf System is on the imminent LEED horizon, it will be interesting to see exactly how Nassau County implements its LEED legislation, and whether it leaves itself room to maneuver between future versions of LEED and other green building rating systems.

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