What is LEED?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was unveiled in 1999 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC®) in response to a desire for “making cost-efficient, energy-saving green buildings a reality across the country” (USGBC, 2013).
LEED is a building, home, and neighborhood development certification system along with a professional certification program.
Why should you become a LEED accredited professional?
The green building marketplace is exploding. “A LEED professional credential signifies that you are a leader in the field and an active participant in the green building movement…. With new jobs specifying the need for expertise in LEED, the LEED professional credential helps you stand out by increasing your opportunity for employment, job stability and promotion, while underscoring your value to LEED project teams and sustainability-focused organizations.” (USGBC, 2013).
Why should your business invest in developing LEED accredited professionals?
Having LEED certified employees is good business and shows initiative.
The emphasis on sustainable building practices is rapidly growing and the benefits
associated with having LEED accredited employees will improve your company’s marketability. By investing in your employees you demonstrate your commitment to improving your community through sustainable and innovative building design, construction, operation, and maintenance.