A political ecology of the built environment: LEED certification for green buildings

  title={A political ecology of the built environment: LEED certification for green buildings},
  author={Julie Cidell},
  journal={Local Environment},
  pages={621 - 633}
  • J. Cidell
  • Published 1 August 2009
  • Sociology
  • Local Environment
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards of the non-profit US Green Building Council have become the accepted benchmark for designating “green buildings” in the USA and many other countries. Throughout their 10-year history, the standards have remained flexible, changing with input from designers, builders, environmentalists, and others to incorporate new types of buildings and modify the existing standards to make them more geographically, economically, and… 
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