Representatives of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce recently attended the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM and Policy Conference in Charlottetown, P.E.I. The Parksville & District Chamber delegation went with a purpose – to ensure passage of a policy regarding the certification of forestry practices and the acceptance of those certifications by the Canadian Green Building Council. The policy submitted by the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce addresses this issue by calling for the federal government to promote competition and continued improvement of green building standards; promote fair competition among responsibly managed forests; advance Canada's forest industry in the global marketplace and protect jobs and enhance resource based jobs.
Green building rating systems help determine a structure’s level of environmental performance. The LEED rating system, developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), was adopted by the Canada Green Building Council in 2004. LEED has made positive contributions by promoting green building design and energy efficiency. This system, however, does not recognize all credible forest certification standards equally.