The U.S. Green Building Council rolled out new programs and updates to foster the LEED Positive approach.
The goal is to move LEED further down the road to net zero and prepare for a shift to regenerative strategies. The new initiatives include:
· USGBC ALL IN – A new equity program to serve as a roadmap for how the organization and the green building community can better contribute to addressing social, health, and economic disparities in communities around the world.
· Living Standard – An expanded Living Standard campaign will become the organization’s pivotal grassroot initiative, a tool to share best practices.
· Return on Investment (ROI) Study – This program is intended to help the industry better quantify the benefits of green building. USGBC will conduct an ROI study that looks at the value of investment and the impact of green building.
· LEED Zero for design – A LEED Zero rating system will be released for projects in the design phase.
“The world today is facing intersecting crises that cannot be resolved with fragmented solutions, but require integrated, equitable practices and an industry-wide commitment to standardizing those practices,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), and Arc, in a news release.