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USGBC’s New Report Demonstrates Impact, Transformative Power of LEED Green Building Rating System

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LEED in Motion: Impacts and Innovation is the third and final report in the 2013 series

Washington, D.C. — (Dec. 9, 2013) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released the third and final installment of its LEED in Motion report series: Impacts and Innovation. The report details key impact areas and results of the thousands of projects that are utilizing the LEED® green building rating system, as well as innovation highlights related to LEED and green building technologies.

The LEED in Motion report series, available exclusively to USGBC member organizations, provides a holistic snapshot of the LEED movement, equipping readers with the numbers and insight they need to build the case for sustainability.

LEED in Motion: Impacts and Innovation highlights the revolutionary thinking that has been the catalyst for the transformation in the built environment we are witnessing worldwide,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Even as LEED is in itself an innovation, it has and will continue to serve as a gateway to further advances in the movement to create healthier, high-performing buildings and vibrant, resilient communities.”

With a foreword written by Bridges to Prosperity Executive Director Avery Bang, who spoke at USGBC’s 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo Master Series in November, Impacts and Innovation plots a course for the future by examining current and possible positive impacts related to LEED buildings — from resource conservation to cost savings — and lauding industry innovations. The report looks at the impacts of LEED through the lens of both business and human health. 

The report also features a number of highlights, including details on the top three credits pursued by LEED projects across different rating systems. It notes the spread of innovation, showcasing standout approaches to earning credits in the LEED Innovation credit category, along with interviews with LEED professionals and USGBC figures as well as LEED project highlights from Facebook, Bank of America, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, Transwestern and more.

Impacts and Innovation also features LEED project energy data, revealing that 450 LEED projects that reported data over a 12-month period experienced an energy use intensity (EUI) that was nearly 31 percent lower than the national median source EUI. Additionally, 404 LEED projects indicated an ENERGY STAR score of 85 in the same period, well above the level required for the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Top Performer” designation.

USGBC members can download Impacts and Innovation, as well as the first two reports, People and Progress and Places and Policies. In addition to English, People and Progress is available in Spanish and French, while Places and Policies is available in Spanish and Chinese.

Media are welcome to request a copy of the reports from Jacob Kriss, USGBC Media Associate:

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) and connect on Twitter and Facebook.

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Jacob Kriss

Media Specialist U.S. Green Building Council

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Can you give me any talking points on how LEED affects Social Justice? I teach Sustainability. Social Justice ensures that component of a building: materials and services be made with human labor that : was given an equitable wage, worked in conditions that where healthy etc. I hope that LEED will expand, including Credits in this area! Thanks! Susan Walker-Meere
Technical Director, LEED, U.S. Green Building Council
Susan - you can also check out the Social Equity pilot credits: Social equity within the community, Social equity within the project team, Social equity within the supply chain, which mention issues like fair wage. Good luck with your course!
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Susan - while I don't believe USGBC has produced any content specific to social justice, you may want to explore 'Education @USGBC' for various sessions indirectly related to social justice, or to corporate social responsibility. Thank you for your question and recommendation.

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