Is LEED an important element of retail construction project sourcing and should retail companies pursue certification adherence for their suppliers?

April 30th, 2009

In a continuing effort to provide education for retailer procurement professionals in ways to reduce their carbon footprints support triple bottom line accounting and add some meat to their CSR initiatives

According to Wikipedia, 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.

Individuals recognized for their knowledge of the LEED rating system are permitted to use the LEED Accredited Professional (AP) acronym after their name, indicating they have passed the accreditation exam given by the Green Building Certification Institute (a third-party organization that handles accreditation for the USGBC.

There are many sources of education and certification courses available on line or in the class room. One good source is everblue training institute.

Please support triple bottom line and do your part to hold your suppliers accountable to LEED certification for your construction projects.

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