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The Reach of LEED Has Become Quite Impressive in Lodging

Glenn Hasek

In the early days of Green Lodging News there was quite a bit of discussion about the need for just one nationwide green lodging certification/rating program—perhaps even one that could be run by the American Hotel & Lodging Assn. Some of the thought was that there were just too many programs to choose from—confusing for the industry and confusing for travelers.

Well, here we are many years later and quite a bit of shuffling has taken place among the various programs. There are still quite a few to choose from but one that has truly blossomed and grown is the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. In fact, there are now four primary LEED rating systems to choose from: LEED for Building Design and Construction, LEED for Interior Design and Construction, LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance, and LEED for Neighborhood Development. Under LEED for Building Design and Construction, there is a LEED BD+C: Hospitality category. LEED rewards a project for many things with points categories focusing on everything from project siting to water efficiency to innovation. A project earns one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. I recently reported on one project pursuing Platinum.

Every year or so I like to check in with USGBC to see how many projects have been registered and/or certified. They most recently told me that as of December 16, 2020, there were 2,132 projects either registered or certified. The list is not entirely complete because some projects have opted to remain confidential.

Where Most LEED Projects Are

By far, and not surprisingly given USGBC’s home here in the United States, the most LEED projects are in the United States—1,253. The country with the next highest number of hotel projects is China (includes Hong Kong) with 186. Other countries with a significant number of LEED hotel projects: United Arab Emirates (65); India (64); Mexico (35); and United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (65).

Within the United States, California leads the country with 209 LEED hotel projects followed by Florida with 101, New York with 88, Texas with 71, Virginia with 54, Maryland with 53, Pennsylvania with 48, Washington, D.C. with 47, Massachusetts with 45, North Carolina with 39, Washington with 35, Nevada and Georgia with 34, Colorado with 32, and Illinois with 31.

LEED is ever evolving. A couple of years ago LEED Zero certifications were introduced. This past summer USGBC released four new Safety First Pilot Credits in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The credits outline sustainable best practices that align with public health and industry guidelines related to cleaning and disinfecting, workplace re-occupancy, HVAC, and plumbing operations. The credits can be used by LEED projects that are certified or are undergoing certification.

To learn more about LEED, go to USGBC. Search on “LEED” on Green Lodging News and you will find approximately 500 articles.

To obtain the above mentioned list of registered or certified hotels, write to greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

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