Infographic contributed by Megan Wilson
Countries around the world are observing this week, September 21-27, as World Green Building Week. Countries on every continent except, of course, Antarctica, are participating and holding events.
The leading means of designating a sustainable building project is LEED certification. (Leading with LEED—I like it!)
I have written about LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) before as an example of how sustainability moves forward without (or despite) the federal government.
The U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit corporation, devised LEED standards and revises them periodically.
Tens of thousands of projects in the U.S. have earned LEED certification, but that figure represents fewer than half of the LEED projects completed around the world.
The following infographic shows the core sustainability goals of LEED, the four levels of certification, where LEED projects are located, and why they matter.