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Beyond bulb recycling: How do I get LEED-certified?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Getting your building LEED-certified is an increasingly popular goal for environmentally conscious facility managers.  However, a lot of people (including myself) have no clue what it actually takes to get their building LEED certified.  While recycling your fluorescent bulbs, batteries, and other universal waste is absolutely necessary for a LEED rating, there are a ton of other things you can do to get LEED “points” as well.  This great article from the Dallas Morning News gives multiple examples, as well as a list of how many points are required for different LEED ratings (Silver, Gold, Platinum, etc.).

Here’s a few that I saw that are super-easy to do.  Please post any of your ideas too!

Give preferred parking for fuel-efficient cars. (1 point)

Use low-emitting adhesives and sealants in flooring. (1 point)

Provide secure bike racks within 200 yards of the building entrance and provide showers and changing facilities for riders. (1 point)

For more information about LEED or the U.S. Green Building Council visit


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