What are LEED Certification and the U.S. Green Building Council?

April 20th, 2009

Should this be a major consideration of retailers as they source materials for new and modeled brick and mortar locations?

Should this be a major consideration of retailers as they source materials for new and modeled brick and mortar locations?

Wikipedia tells us that the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Since its inception in 1998, LEED has grown to encompass more than 14,000 projects in 50 U.S. States and 30 countries covering 1.062 billion square feet (99 km²) of development area.] The hallmark of LEED is that it is an open and transparent process where the technical criteria proposed by the LEED committees are publicly reviewed for approval by the more than 10,000 membership organizations that currently constitute the USGBC.

Green building is A sustainable building, or green building is an outcome of a design which focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource use such as energy, water and materials which result in reducing buildings impact on human health and the environment during the building’s lifecycle.

It is this author’s belief that best practices in sourcing has to include holding general and sub contractors accountable to LEED certification among other standards in order to support the efforts of retail and other companies to reduce their carbon footprint and stakeholder safety. LEED is one of over forty certifications that over 300,000 suppliers are held accountable to in the SafeSourceIt™ supplier database. What is your e-negotiation provider doing to support green sourcing?

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