Blinded by the (Green) Light: The Rise of Environmentalism and a New Vocabulary – Four Perspectives

  • October 19, 2008
  • • Written by: Richard Shields

Fall 2008 Vol 33, No 3

Abstract: The United States Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System has become the benchmark for sustainable design. Its widespread acceptance and adoption as a regulatory and programmatic requirement in local, state and federal developments focuses attention on the importance of green design. But, it also generates questions as to how to measure such certifications. The new LEED-ND standard is a move in this direction. Finally, as the LEED system is becoming a requirement of governments, the careful use of LEED certification in the marketing of projects seeking or receiving LEED certification must be assured.