For those who are unfamiliar with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and even for those who are, this article breaks down the effect of implementing the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system on the thousands of buildings it has certified across America, and includes an outlook of the program's effect on the country's future. "Even as LEED is in itself an innovation, it has and will continue to serve as a gateway to further advances in the movement to create healthier, high-performing buildings and vibrant, resilient communities," said Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC President and CEO.

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