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LEED Certification

USGBCMajor organizations are working towards the development of green buildings. To support the effort, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has produced a green building certification program called the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED. The certification program is designed to have a third party auditor perform an assessment on the building's performance throughout its design, construction and commissioning. Based on the results, the buildings are awarded a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Certified rating to recognize the level of “green” the building achieved.

The first platinum LEED building was made in the U.S. to commemorate well-known early environmentalist, Aldo Leopold. The building is capable of generating 10-15% more electricity than it needs with its main material being locally harvested wood products. For an online tour as well as a more comprehensive description see Aldo Leopold Legacy Center.