We have FSC for wood, but what about the remaining building materials?
There are no requirements or incentives of any kind that a purveyor of steel, aluminum,
concrete, plastic, glass, bamboo, or any material other than wood demonstrate environmental
and social responsibility in management or resource extraction, despite the fact that substantial
environmental and social impacts are associated with production of all of these materials.
It is now time to begin moving toward certification of all materials used in construction. The
responsibility for initiating such change lies squarely with the leaders of green building
programs, executives of the largest building materials distributors, environmental
organizations, and environmentally concerned citizens.