The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the awarding of the 12,000th Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification to a commercial property.
The 12,000th project is the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge in Anahuac, Texas, which was rebuilt after its original facility was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008. The facility, which houses educational resources and offices, received a LEED Gold certification and becomes part of a global community of more than 137,000 LEED-registered and -certified projects, homes, communities and neighborhoods.
‘Twelve years after the first 12 projects earned LEED certification, the green building community has reached a significant milestone,’ says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chairman of the USGBC. ‘The momentum for green buildings is rippling around the globe, enhancing the built environment for generations to come.’