H.R. 1540, known as the National Defense Authorization Act, authorizes defense and military funding for the 2012 fiscal year. The bill has drawn fire from human rights groups and civil libertarians for provisions that they say in effect expands the military’s authority to detain, interrogate and prosecute suspected terrorists.
However, the massive appropriations legislation, which runs more than 500 pages, contains a few paragraphs of new provisions that prohibit the use of Department of Defense funds for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold or Platinum certification — the highest ratings for sustainability and energy efficiency awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
According to the legislation, “No funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or otherwise made available for the Department of Defense for fiscal-year 2012 may be obligated or expended for achieving any LEED gold or platinum certification.”