LEED® Green Building Professionals
- Balance out greenhouse gas emissions associated with LEED green building projects
- Communicate green power and carbon balancing commitments to building stakeholders
Green building professionals are using innovative design, new technologies, and onsite renewable energy generation to reduce buildings' energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Yet even after energy efficient lighting, solar photovoltaic systems, passive heating, and other sustainable technology and design elements have been integrated into green building projects, these projects still need to draw electricity from the power grid. And the power they draw is primarily generated through the combustion of fossil fuels, which results in the release of greenhouse gases. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. buildings are responsible for 39 percent of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions.
There is a way for LEED® green building professionals to address this problem and mitigate the environmental impact of their buildings' energy use. Recognizing not all buildings are good targets for onsite renewable energy systems and many such onsite systems cannot generate sufficient power to meet a building's needs, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed an alternative method for addressing the environmental impact of a project's purchased electricity.
By offsetting a project's energy use with Green-e® Energy Certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), green building professionals can match their project's electricity electricity use with renewable energy and encourage the development renewable energy resources. In addition, under the LEED Green Power Credit, these purchases can help projects earn up to six points towards LEED certification.
3Degrees' LEED Green Power Credit Services can help green building professionals secure the RECs necessary to mitigate the environmental impact of a buildings' energy use. For those buildings that use natural gas, steam or fuel oil onsite, 3Degrees can help green power professionals secure Green-e Climate certified carbon offsets to balance out greenhouse gas emissions associated with these sources of energy. In addition, 3Degrees can guide these professionals through the LEED Green Power Credit qualification process and assist them in communicating the impact of their green power or carbon balancing commitment to building tenants.
3Degrees' LEED Accredited staff has helped hundreds of green building professionals across the U.S. secure RECs for their projects. With 3Degrees' LEED Green Power Credit Services, these professionals have been able to ensure that not only are the technologies and design elements used in their projects green, but that their projects' electricity usage is green as well.