Government at all levels has a responsibility to use taxpayer dollars both wisely and transparently. Through its investments, governments can protect and expand the American workforce and also catalyze future competitiveness and growth of domestic enterprise. High performance, LEED-certified buildings have a strong track record of serving these important goals and more. By using LEED, a voluntary, market-driven green building certification program, thousands of public buildings have saved money, demonstrated strong environmental stewardship, supported local investment, and helped create jobs. These buildings become iconic civic structures, reflecting smart, responsible and fiscally sound governance.