24 Oct '12, 11pm

How green is LEED anyway?

How green is LEED anyway?

Between 2010 and 2012, the number of LEED-certified buildings worldwide has nearly doubled. Good green news, right? A new report from USA Today lays into that program — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — that’s taken the country by storm from San Francisco to New York to that bastion of sustainability (haha, jk), Las Vegas, where the massive, sparkling Palazzo Casino became LEED-certified in 2008. Tiger_Jack The massive, sparkling, LEED-certified Palazzo Resort Hotel and Casino lobby. The U.S. Green Building Council, a building industry non-profit, credited the Palazzo for having bike racks in the garage; room cards telling guests when towels are replaced; landscaping that does not use grass, which local law prohibits anyway; and preferred parking for fuel-efficient cars — spots that on a recent week were occupied by Ford Expeditions, Chevy Tahoes, Range Rover...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/how-green-is-leed-anyway/

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