On May 1, the General Services Administration (GSA) Green Building Advisory Committee approved a plan to extend the use of the current Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building system as the standard for government buildings for the next five years. The committee supported the proposal by a vote of 10-6; proponents of the plan said the system is widely accepted in the marketplace while opponents said new standards may be released in the next couple years. The plan was sent to GSA which is deciding between LEED, the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes, the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge, and a combination of all three as the standard for new or retrofitted buildings. GSA will send its recommendation to the Department of Energy this summer. GSA, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense will then approve a final decision.