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Title:Building Green: The Geography of LEED-Certified Buildings and Professionals
Author(s):Cidell, Julie L.
Subject(s):urban sustainability
spatial distribution
Geographic Coverage:United States
Abstract:One of the most important attempts to reduce the environmental impacts of the built environment is through the construction of green buildings. This paper examines the geography of the emerging green building industry through a study of the spatial distribution of two different elements of that industry. The first element is the location and diffusion of green buildings themselves as certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) through their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. There is a clear shift from an original concentration in major coastal cities to a more even distribution across the country, with broad representation across commercial, public, and non-profit owners. The second area of study is the spatial distribution of LEED-accredited professionals, who are accredited by the USGBC to oversee the certification process. The distribution of these professionals matches existing concentrations of population, suggesting two different geographies of building green.
Issue Date:2009
Citation Info:Cidell, J. (2009). Building Green: The Geography of LEED-Certified Buildings and Professionals. Professional Geographer 61:2, 1-16.
Sponsor:National Science Foundation; Campus Research Board
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-09-17

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