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by Amy Haddon on 11/14/2012
Renewable Choice recently reached a major green milestone. Since we began working with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program in 2003, we’ve been part of the certification of more than 3,500 commercial buildings—or 25% of all commercial LEED certified projects!
Started by the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) in 1998, the LEED program’s purpose is to use sustainable design and building strategies aimed at improving key areas of human and environmental health in new and existing commercial, government, and residential buildings.
LEED projects can be certified under a variety of rating systems that were designed to meet the unique needs of a particular building type. Within each rating group, project owners can earn points to meet that rating system’s requirements. The number of points earned determines the level of LEED certification a project can achieve in the built environment.
Through the purchase of renewable energy credits, or RECs, project owners can earn points toward the Energy & Atmosphere Green Power credit. RECs are an affordable option for points in this category, which makes them attractive for buildings across the U.S. and Canada.
At Renewable Choice, we take our commitment to the green building community seriously. All of our LEED sales staff and our Vice President of Business Development have earned or are in the process of earning LEED credentials, including the LEED Accredited Professional (AP). The LEED AP designation requires passing a rigorous examination, combined with documented professional experience with LEED projects, and must be maintained every two years.
This week, we’ll toast to our achievements—and all of those in the green building community—at the annual Greenbuild conference, held in San Francisco, November 14-16. We invite anyone attending the conference to visit our booth, and to join us for Windpower Happy Hour.
Click here to learn more about our LEED programs.
Amy Haddon is Vice President of Communications for Renewable Choice. Follow Amy on Twitter @GetGoingGreen.