Environmental awareness has come to the forefront of the world’s conscious in recent years. An innumerable number of products, services, and initiatives have flooded us with environmentally-friendly options that didn’t exist a decade ago. One area that has seen immense growth is green building or green construction. Referring to the utilization of environmentally responsible building materials and techniques during the design, construction, and use of a facility, a recent report by online trade publication Environmental Leader shows that the field is expected to experience a 13% growth right through 2020.
LEED Is A Green Building Certification
Within the realm of green building, there exists LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. A component of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices as it seeks to change the public’s opinion about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated around the world. This philosophy includes the following environmental and economic benefits as LEED-certified buildings can:
- Save money and resources
- Promote renewable, clean energy
- Have a positive impact on the health of its occupants
- Cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills by as much as 40%
In addition to the reasons stated above, businesses and organizations that earn LEED certification for their building-projects seek to attain such status because it frees up valuable resources which can be used to create new jobs, attract and retain top talent, expand operations, and invest in emerging technologies. This is of particular interest to us at the Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA). We proudly support environmentally-responsible projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well. Creed LA fights to ensure developers pay fair wages to the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry, while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans.
To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact Jeff Modrzejewski at (877) 810-7473.