A Guide to LEED Credits for Your On-Site Vegetable Garden

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With the rise in demand for resource efficiency, proper indoor air quality, lower energy bills, green buildings are the new standard for the construction industry. 
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a third-party certification program for green buildings developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Sites with an on-site vegetable garden are eligible for up to 6 LEED credits in four categories. This guide outlines the criteria for accreditation for the following:

Local Food Protection (1 Credit)
Social Equity Within the Community (1 Credit)
Heat Island Reduction (2 Credits)
Site Development – Protect or Restore Habitat (2 Credits)

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