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Green building policy

LEED has inspired hundreds of laws, incentive programs and administrative policies at all levels of government nationwide. You can find green building policies and procedures in hundreds of cities, counties and states, in 14 federal agencies and departments, and in numerous utility districts, public school jurisdictions and colleges and universities across the United States. LEED itself has been the foundation of a number of these policies, offering a leadership benchmark for governments to demonstrate and reward excellence.

They vary in content, scope and effectiveness, but the policies share a common outcome: an increased demand for green real estate, for green building technology and for green building professionals.

LEED is leading hundreds of government building projects, too. Government-owned or -occupied buildings make up 27 percent of all LEED projects.

We support: green building policy that plays an important role in the market transformation of our built environment. USGBC works to support green building policy at all levels of government—state and local, national, international.

Get the Facts

For more information, read the 2011 and 2012 state policy activity reports.

Want to get more involved?

Promote green building policy in your community through our advocacy campaigns or submit information on a new or revised public policy that adopts, references or promotes LEED.

Already applying LEED to government buildings?

Download USGBC’s Roadmap to Green Government Buildings.

A Local Government Guide: to LEED for Neighborhood Development

Incorporate green building into your community’s master plan