So You’re LEED Accredited—Now What?
In a win-win situation, LEED accredited landscape architects can secure more jobs and protect the environment.
By Kevin Flynn
More than 19,000 design professionals (including a handful of landscape
architects) have become leed accredited to stay competitive and
foster the growth of sustainable design within the profession. But
after the exam, then what? Are landscape architects able to steer
the design process toward environmental betterment?
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) provides a framework for
assessing building and site performance and meeting sustainability goals.
Based on well-founded scientific standards, LEED emphasizes strategies for
sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, building systems,
materials selection, indoor environmental quality, and waste reduction. Points
are awarded depending on the specific strategies implemented on a project,
and the total points gathered determine how “green” a project is compared
to traditionally designed, constructed, and maintained projects. LEED recognizes
achievements and promotes expertise in green building through a comprehensive
system offering project certification, professional accreditation, training,
and practical resources. Getting accredited is relatively easy: Becoming familiar
with sustainability principles and applying them to projects will allow most
landscape architects to pass the stringent exam (see “Water Conservation Strategies
for LEED Points,” Landscape Architecture, June, and “Waste Not, Want
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