Report: 4.3 Million-Plus People Live, Work in LEED-Certified Buildings

Aug. 20, 2013
“LEED in Motion: People and Progress” examines individuals and organizations driving and benefitting from green building.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released “People and Progress,” the first of three “LEED in Motion” reports intended to help members bolster their cases for sustainable-building activity.

Available only to USGBC member companies, the report examines individuals and organizations driving and benefitting from green building.

The “Occupants and Industry” section focuses on residents and tenants. The USGBC estimates that more than 4.3 million people live and work in LEED-certified buildings, while more than 6.2 million people experience a LEED-certified project every day.

The “LEED Professionals” section examines the more than 186,000 LEED-credential holders who are helping to advance the green-building rating system.

The “People and Progress” section examines the nearly 13,000 USGBC member organizations that are advancing green building with activities such as portfoliowide LEED certifications and participation on LEED development committees.

Additionally, the report explains how the USGBC’s network of 77 chapters and nearly 30,000 chapter members are expanding green building in local communities around the nation.

The report also highlights sustainable features of projects in the medical, education, and commercial real-estate sectors and includes interviews with green-building leaders.

The USGBC will release the final two “LEED in Motion” reports, “Places and Policies” and “Impacts and Innovation,” later this year.

USGBC members can download “LEED in Motion: People and Progress” at

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Described by a colleague as "a cyborg ... requir(ing) virtually no sleep, no time off, and bland nourishment that can be consumed while at his desk" who was sent "back from the future not to terminate anyone, but with the prime directive 'to edit dry technical copy' in order to save the world at a later date," Scott Arnold joined the editorial staff of HPAC Engineering in 1999. Prior to that, he worked as an editor for daily newspapers and a specialty-publications company. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Kent State University.