In travel and daily life, we have the power to minimize our direct environmental footprints with actions like reducing our water usage and purchasing eco-friendly gear. But what about our indirect impact through the footprints of places, events and activities we visit and participate in? Seeking out LEED-certified buildings is a great starting point.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program. From sustainable site development to indoor environmental quality, LEED focuses on building practices that support areas of human and environmental health. Green buildings save money, have a positive influence on the health of occupants, and promote renewable clean energy. So when you’re choosing where to spend your money–hotels, grocery stores, restaurants, vacation rentals–consider looking for the LEED certification. With buildings in more than 150 countries and territories and six continents, LEED options are accessible to travelers and non travelers around the world.
Check out this infographic from Custom Made and Ghergich & Co. for more on why LEED certification is a big step in sustainability: