Green building encompasses using fewer resources, a reduction in energy and waste, and fewer environmental impacts. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building rating system that is the most widely used around the world. LEED was established in 1994 and operates under the nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders known as the U.S. Green Building Council, or USGBC.
In your home and in your community – you can follow the LEED framework to help the environment through the creation of efficiency and environmentally friendly construction and building operations. The benefits of LEED are numerous, including a healthier indoor space, higher resale potential, and lower usage of water, energy, and other resources. Additionally, they generate less waste. A third-party green building certification, LEED is globally recognized, with a range of certification levels, such as: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Learn more at new.usgbc.org/leed.
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Pete Yang is a senior vice president for Alpine Bank and the co-chair of Alpine's "Green Team." He's based in Aspen, where he handles commercial and consumer loans, with a particular focus on resort financing. He has a keen interest in protecting Colorado's unmatched mountain environment.