LEED-Mandating Agencies

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U.S. Air Force Developed a LEED Application Guide for Lodging projects currently awaiting release and has registered one project for LEED certification.
US Army Adopted LEED into its Sustainable Project Rating Tool (SpiRiT). All buildings built in the Fiscal Year 2006 (October 1 - September 31) must have a Gold SpiRiT rating.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

1 (800) DIAL DOE

Supported the development of the LEED Rating System, training workshops and reference material.
U.S. Department of the Interior Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the USGBC supporting the use of LEED for Existing Buildings by its facilities. The DOI has also signed a memorandum with the GSA and the USGBC supporting LEED for all partnered projects.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Participated in pilot testing of LEED but did not earn project certification. Currently has multiple projects registered for LEED-NC certification and supports the development of LEED for Existing Buildings.
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

(253) 931-7080

Requires all building projects starting design in 2003 meet LEED certified level standards with a target of LEED Silver.


U.S. Navy The first federal entity to certify a LEED project, the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. This project was certified under the Pilot version of LEED. Navy has provided support for the development of LEED Residential Construction and participates in the LEED Existing Buildings and Multiple Buildings committees.
U.S. State Department
(202) 647-4000
Committed to using LEED on the construction of 180 new embassies worldwide over the next 10 years and worked with the USGBC to coordinate a green charette for the project teams in early 2001. The Department has three projects with LEED.
State of Arizona Currently requiring LEED Silver on all state-funded buildings and requires incorporation of renewable energy.
State of Arkansas In July 2005 a bill was signed encouraging all state agencies to use green design strategies, including LEED. It created a Legislative Task Force on Sustainable Building Design & Practices.
State of California Executive Order #S-20-04 requires all new and renovated state-owned facilities to be LEED Silver.
State of Colorado Legislation adopting LEED-EB and incorporating LEED-NC practices for all state buildings was signed in 2005. The bill created a Colorado Greening Government Coordinating Council.
State of Connecticut Legislation requiring LEED Silver certification of capital projects is currently under review by House Environment Committee.
State of Illinois The Capital Development Board is considering requiring LEED certification of public projects.
State of Maine An executive order was issued in 2003 directing all new or expanding state buildings to incorporate LEED guidelines.
State of Maryland
(410) 767-4960
State adopted LEED certification for all capital projects greater than 5,000 gsf in October 2001. Maryland's Green Building Council has created a green building program based on LEED model.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
(617) 727-4050
State is considering LEED adoption for all state projects. This link points to their current Sustainable Design Program.
State of Michigan In April 2005, an executive order was signed requiring all state-funded new construction and major renovation projects over $1,000,000 to be LEED certified.
State of Missouri Currently using LEED on public projects and intend to seek certification.
State of Nevada Legislation requiring LEED certification of all state funded buildings was signed in June 2005. There are tax incentives for LEED Silver certification.
State of New Jersey Requires all new school designs to incorporate LEED guidelines. Encourages the use of LEED on its $12 billion public school construction program.
State of New Mexico In January 2006, an executive order was signed requiring all public buildings over 15,000 sq. ft. to be LEED Silver certified.

State of New York

(518) 402-2908
Encourages LEED certification for state projects.
State of Oregon
(503) 373-0701
Offers Business Energy Tax Credit for commercial developments earning Silver or Gold LEED certification.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania requires LEED Silver certification for new construction RFPs issued by the Dept. of Environmental Protection and the Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources. The legislature amended the Public School Code to provide a financial incentive to public school districts that achieve LEED Silver certification.
State of Rhode Island Executive order requires LEED Silver certification of all new constructions and renovations of public buildings.
State of Washington In April 2005, legislation was signed into law requiring state funded projects over 5,000 sq. ft. to achieve LEED Silver certification.
State of Wisconsin Currently seeking LEED Silver certification on the Department of Natural Resources Northeast Regional Headquarters and Service Center.
Arlington County, VA
(73) 228-4488
All site plan applications for commercial projects are required to include a LEED Scorecard regardless of whether or not the project intends to seek Certification. A LEED Silver rating on commercial projects allows for higher density development the conventional projects.
Cook County, IL County commissioner proposed an ordinance requiring LEED certification of all county building projects over 5.000 SF, under review as of early 2002. Ordinance calls for a minimum of 8 credits in the Energy and Atmosphere category to ensure best life-cycle returns.

Dane County, WI

(608) 267-8815
Dane county developed a Green Building Policy which is primarily guided internally by the LEED rating system.
Austin, TX
(512) 974-3700
Austin requires LEED certification of all public works projects over 5,000 SF Developed numerous information resources in their Green Building Program.
Boulder, CO Requires all municipally funded new construction and major addition projects to achieve LEED Silver certification. Also considering requiring certification of commercial projects or developing a LEED-based incentive program.
Boulder, CO - Green Points Program

(303) 441-1880

Developed comprehensive rating system to assess home energy use. Requires building permit applicants to earn "points" by selecting green building measures in order to receive a building permit. Applies to private-sector residential projects, new and remodels, over 500 SF. Green Points Program
Chula Vista, CA GreenStar Building Efficiency Program

(619) 409-5928

Offers priority permit processing to residential builders and developers who participate in the program.
Chicago, IL Free energy audits and rebates on efficiency measures; part of Rebuild America program
Eugene, OR Member of the USGBC and working towards adopting LEED for public projects.
Frisco, TX
(972) 335-5551
ext. 126
Frisco, TX. New homes must meet minimum Energy Star standards as set by EPA. Green Building Program
King County, WA Requires use of LEED criteria in pre-design and design phases of public projects. Encourages certification.
Kansas City, MO LEED committee is researching the adoption of LEED Certification of public projects.
Los Angeles, CA Requires LEED Certification of all public works construction projects over 7,500 gsf.
New York, NY New York, NY developed its own comprehensive guidelines. High Performance Building Guidelines.
Portland, OR
(503) 823-7725
City requires LEED certification of all new construction and major renovations funded by the city. Have developed city-specific Portland LEED guidelines and encourage Silver, Gold and Platinum ratings.
San Diego, CA San Diego, CA. City Buildings must meet LEED Silver rating as of April 2002
San Jose, CA Requires LEED Certification of all municipal projects over 10,000 gsf.

San Francisco, CA


Home of San Francisco's Department of the Environment
Santa Monica, CA Santa Monica, CA. Two building performances ordinances focus on reducing energy consumption and runoff, and improving runoff quality.
San Mateo, CA Requires LEED Certification of public projects.

Scottsdale, AZ

(480) 312-7990
Offers various incentives to home builders for participation in the program. Aims at strengthening consumer awareness and interest.
Seattle, WA Requires LEED Silver Certification of all public projects over 5,000 gsf.
EPA Energy Star LEED-recognized benchmarking tool created by the EPA to compare a building to other buildings throughout the country. Up-to-date descriptions of the many energy efficiency programs and incentives available under the umbrella of Energy Star.
Green Points

(303) 441-1880

Developed comprehensive rating system to assess home energy use. Requires building permit applicants to earn "points" by selecting green building measures in order to receive a building permit. Applies to private-sector residential projects, new and remodels, over 500 SF
President's Council on Sustainable Development Council created by President Clinton on Sustainable Development to advise him on sustainable development and to develop bold new approaches to integrate economic, environmental, and equity issues.
Presidio Environmental Education A model for environmental, financial and cultural sustainability
SAVEnergy Program FEMP-sponsored program assists federal facility managers in identifying and implementing cost-effective renewable energy and water efficiency projects


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