At USGBC and GBCI, we aim to help you move beyond lessening the impact of buildings and waste practices on the environment to take green buildings and organizations to the next level. And for the first time, TRUE and LEED certification can be combined to celebrate this forward mobility.
LEED certification, the most widely used green building rating system in the world, has provided a framework for high performance buildings and spaces, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions through strategies impacting land, energy, transportation, water, waste and materials. Building on that work, USGBC has developed LEED Zero, a complement to LEED that verifies the achievement of net zero goals in Carbon, Energy, Water and Waste.
LEED Zero Waste is achieved through the combination of LEED certification and TRUE Platinum certification. And through June 30, 2021, projects which are LEED certified and TRUE Platinum certified, and have paid both of those corresponding registration and certification fees, will have their LEED Zero Waste certifications fees waived.
This is a special opportunity for any project, but if you currently have a LEED O+M certified project, and are tracking your waste performance, consider adding your waste reuse and reduction strategies to your diversion calculation. You may be closer to zero waste than you thought!
Read more about the two projects that have already achieved this certification: People Against Dirty Manufacturing in Chicago, Illinois and Colgate Palmolive in Burlington, New Jersey, as well as the other first 10 projects that have both demonstrated their leadership to achieve a net zero goal.
LEED Zero is the future of green buildings, and LEED Zero Waste could be within reach of your project. Review the TRUE Rating System and other resources to see how close you are today. Contact [email protected] for more information.