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Standards & Certifications

Numerous organizations have created benchmarks for measuring and reporting sustainability; business and operations, green building, fair trade. Use third-party standards and certifications to achieve a higher bar, build consumer confidence and lead the sustainability revolution.
  1. LEED
  2. Living Building Challenge

Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES)
Created in partnership between the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanical Garden (USBG), the Sustainable Sites Initiative is the first performance benchmark and rating system for the design, construction and maintenance of...

What is the Living Building Challenge?
Part manifesto, part call to action, and part rating system, the International Living Building Challenge (ILBC) is a standard that rates buildings, communities and infrastructure projects using the metaphor of the flower.

Contractors: Do You Know How to Build LEED?
The Contractor plays a significant role in the creation of a LEED project by implementing all design strategies and provides documentation for a third to half of the credits normally attempted with a LEED project. In one way or another, the contractor has an effect on all but a total of seven credits. Planning is the key to success with...

How to Mess Up Your LEED Rating
Tips and tricks to ensure LEED Certification.

How to Get a LEED Rating for Any Type of Building
Steps to achieve a LEED Rating for any building type.

LEED for Neighborhood Development
LEED for Neighborhood Development is a third-party rating system that encourages smart growth, healthy, vibrant and livable communities and green infrastructure and buildings.

How to Become a LEED AP
Learn the ins and outs of becoming a LEED Accredited Professional.

Living Buildings a Reality
Living Buildings

Assess your organizational sustainability using performance indicators to measure your current sustainability activities (or lack thereof!) and to set goals and targets for future achievement. Once you've done this work, reporting on performance is a key to building stakeholder buy-in and support for your goals and ongoing achievements.

Everything You Need to Know About LEED

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is a voluntary, consensus based rating system for evaluating the environmental performance of building and community design, construction, operations and maintenance.


What is a B-Corporation?
B Corporations are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corporations meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards, as assessed by the non-profit, B Lab.

ISO 14000
An international standard for sustainable design and development, ISO 14000 helps companies focus attention on environmental issues, and bring them into the main stream of corporate decision-making.

What is Greenbuild?
Hosted by the US Green Building Council, the annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo boasts over 1,000 exhibitors and the largest gathering of over 25,000 architects, engineers, developers, contractors and building owners and operators involved in the greening of the built environment in the world.

7 Green Cleaning Tips
Green cleaning incorporate the use of products and services that prioritize optimum human health and have a lesser or reduced impact on the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose.

5 Steps to Environmentally Preferable Procurement
Buying and using environmentally preferable products (EPPs) has become an integral part of public procurement in recent years because it has become clear that this practice benefits the environment, improves efficiency and, often saves money.

WaterSense: Saving Water Made Easy
WaterSense is a voluntary program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that develops water efficiency specifications, partners with product manufacturers to create products that meet the specifications and then promotes those products to consumers.

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