For over 25 years, The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has supported its members – which include corporations, small businesses, government entities and nonprofits – to achieve their green building goals through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
LEED is the world’s most widely used green building rating system and promotes the use of strategies that reduce environmental impact, enhance human health and support economic development.
To support its members as business and workplaces reopen in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, USGBC released the six LEED Safety First Pilot Credits. These credits outline sustainable best practices related to cleaning and disinfecting, workplace reoccupancy, HVAC and plumbing operations, social equity as well as pandemic preparedness and response and support project teams working toward reentry and safe operation.
More than 150 projects have started using the LEED Safety First pilot credits, such as Miron Construction, a century-old private company. It is using the credits in its Madison, Milwaukee, and Green Bay offices, for which it is pursuing LEED Silver certification, and is also implementing them in its LEED-certified offices in Neenah, Wisconsin and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.