USGBC survey shows Fortune 200 companies prioritize green building

The study looked at Fortune 200 companies, most of them users of LEED and members of USGBC.

April 07, 2015 |
New survey shows top companies prioritize global green building rating system LEED

The new Apple headquarters designed by Norman Foster. Image: Apple, Inc.

The world’s top-performing companies are prioritizing sustainability as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts, and a majority of them are using LEED to achieve their goals, according to a new survey by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The study looked at Fortune 200 companies, most of them users of LEED and members of USGBC.

The survey, LEED and the Corporate Built Environment, showed:

  • 82% of survey respondents from Fortune 200 companies are likely to continue using LEED over the next three years for new construction or retrofit projects
  • 60% of surveyed companies believe LEED positively impacts their return on investment (ROI)
  • 70% stated they pursue LEED as a means to save money by being more energy efficient
  • 80% agree that LEED is a key way their company communicates sustainability efforts to stakeholders

Of the respondents, which encompassed 48 of the Fortune 200 companies, 96% use LEED to support their sustainability efforts. Nearly all (93%) reported that demonstrating a commitment to the environment motivates their company to use LEED.

USGBC partnered with Keybridge LLC to produce this survey, which was targeted at executives in charge of building operations or corporate sustainability efforts. The survey was conducted between January and March 2015. A majority of respondents were USGBC members.

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