According to a new survey released by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), 80% of companies are relying on LEED to guide its corporate sustainability. The study looked at Fortune 200 companies, most of them users of LEED and members of USGBC.
“We launched LEED 15 years ago so that the world’s leading businesses would have a tool that would deliver the immediate, measureable results they need to prove that what is good for the environment is also good for the bottom line,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. “This survey demonstrates how successful we’ve been in helping link profit to planet and why LEED continues to be the market leader, certifying 1.85 million sq ft of commercial space every day.”
The survey, “LEED and the Corporate Built Environment,” showed the following results.
• Eighty-two percent of survey respondents from Fortune 200 companies are likely to continue using LEED over the next three years for new construction or retrofit projects.
• Sixty percent of surveyed companies believe LEED positively impacts their return on investment.
• Seventy percent stated they pursue LEED as a means to save money by being more energy efficient.
• Eighty percent agree that LEED is a key way their company communicates sustainability efforts to stakeholders.
Of the respondents, which encompassed 48 of the Fortune 200 companies, 96% use LEED to support their sustainability efforts. Nearly all (93%) reported that demonstrating a commitment to the environment motivates their company to use LEED.