The U.S. Green Building Council aims to makes its LEED standard more accessible and further encourage green building practices.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced it is expanding its LEED Earth campaign to homes, communities and cities. LEED Earth is designed to bring LEED to countries where green building is still emerging and offers certification at no cost to the first project to certify. USGBC will also extend LEED Earth benefits to the first LEED Platinum project in any country to certify using LEED v4.1, the newest version of LEED. New projects will be considered for LEED Earth starting in March 2021.
“LEED is a global language and a catalyst for change. We are committed to bringing LEED to every country to make it accessible to as many people as possible, while also continuing to foster innovation and achievement in existing global markets,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president & CEO, U.S. Green Building Council. “With the expansion of LEED Earth to LEED for Residential, LEED for Cities and Communities and Platinum LEED v4.1 projects, we can accelerate our healthy economy strategy and truly fulfill our vision of raising the living standard for people around the globe.”
USGBC believes that healthy people in healthy places is the fastest way to build a healthy economy. The pandemic has made those beliefs that much stronger and the mission that much more vital.