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The city is first to earn a Platinum LEED for Cities certification, leveraging information technology to track progress toward a range of sustainability goals.

At least 55 cities and communities around the world have signed on to test the LEED for Cities pilot, and Washington, D.C. has achieved the first certification in the new system—a Platinum rating.

All LEED v4 prerequisites and six credits are now automatic for many commercial projects meeting the CALGreen code.

by Paula Melton

Commercial buildings in California can now get a huge jumpstart on achieving LEED certification. New construction projects meeting certain requirements will enjoy streamlined documentation to achieve all LEED v4 Building Design and Construction (BD+C) prerequisites along with six optional credits, for a total of six automatic points.

The TRUE rating system helps businesses and facilities eliminate waste through education and performance tracking.

The rebranded TRUE (“Total Resource Use and Efficiency”) Zero Waste rating system (administered previously by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council) was recently launched by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) as a way to promote a holistic approach to waste reduction.

GBCI and USGBC have announced the class of 23 LEED Fellows for 2017.

Another year, another ground of gratitude for the pioneers who have made LEED what it is around the world.

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), along with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) just announced the 2017 class of LEED Fellows.

They are:

Have you noticed that the LEED project management software field continues to thin out? Or maybe you haven't noticed, because you're not using it...

Back in 2009 and 2010, LEED professionals were getting busier and busier, but LEED Online, the official documentation platform, was not keeping pace. For a brief moment, LEED Automation appeared to be the answer, with a variety of companies putting forward software to streamline the process, reducing laborious documentation steps to a few clicks.

USGBC is honoring the following group next week at Greenbuild 2016 in L.A. for their volunteer hours, mentoring, organizational leadership, and innovation.

Another year of LEED Fellows, and another amazing class of givers and doers!

USGBC is honoring the following group next week at Greenbuild 2016 in L.A. for their volunteer hours, mentoring, organizational leadership, and innovation. Take stock of what these individuals have done and consider what you can do to advance this movement.

Congratulations!

Following is the group being recognized this November at Greenbuild 2015 by USGBC for their volunteer hours, mentoring, organizational leadership, and innovation.

The annual class of LEED Fellows continues to impress!

Following is the group being recognized this November at Greenbuild 2015 by USGBC for their volunteer hours, mentoring, organizational leadership, and innovation. I love taking stock of what these leaders in green building have done—it's a reminder of what we can do individually and together as long as we keep working and keep collaborating.

Congratulations!

An old version of the LEED rating system will likely get an update, as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) moves to keep LEED strict on energy efficiency.

Projects have been able to try out the new LEED version 4 (LEED v4) since 2013, but USGBC is allowing projects to keep registering for LEED 2009 until October 2016.

Urban Green Council, the New York affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council, has announced finalists from around the country for the EBie Awards.

Urban Green Council, the New York affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council, has announced finalists from around the country for the EBie Awards. The winners of the nationwide competition will be announced in New York on June 22.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is accepting public comments on what will become the first LEED rating system for existing multifamily projects with 20-plus units.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is accepting public comments on what will become the first LEED rating system for existing multifamily projects with 20-plus units.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced a New Year's gift for LEED 2009 project teams: an upgrade to the new LEED Online.

From Dec. 28, 2014 till Jan. 5, 2015 both LEED Online v3 (used by LEED 2009 projects) and the new LEED Online (used by LEED v4, Homes, and Campuses) will be down for maintenance.

Then, on Jan. 5, 2015, LEED 2009 projects using BD+C, ID+C and EB:O+M rating systems will be find themselves on the new LEED Online platform, and new LEED 2009 projects will register and use it going forward.

LEEDuser's energy efficiency forums get a lot of traffic, but our community also has a lot of questions about light pollution, IEQ, and other key LEED topics.

Which LEED credits stimulate the most questions? These LEEDuser forums are the most active—if you have questions, chances are they may have been discussed before. Click below to visit the forum and check it out. 

Don't see the credit you're looking for? See all our rating systems and credits here. 

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LEEDuser offers hundreds of documentation samples for LEED projects. These are the most popular.

The official title of our repository of templates, tools, calculators, spreadsheets, and samples that you can use on your LEED projects is our Documentation Toolkit. 

USGBC claims that the LEED 2009 extension wasn’t intended to delay market adoption of LEED v4; giving users a risk-free way to try v4 can make that work.

by Nadav Malin

You heard it here first: the new LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) exams require a much deeper knowledge of the reference guide.

by Paula Melton

Editor's note: Need tips on the v4 LEED AP exam? Click to learn about our BD+C Exam Prep guide, which includes a 45-page companion workbook and a 50-question online sample exam.