随着对资源效率需求的增加, 适当的室内空气质量和较低的能源费用, 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. 绿色建筑委员会(USGBC).
LEED certification encourages innovation in sustainable urban development by awarding credits to projects that satisfy requirements in categories such as Sustainable Sites, 节水与室内环境质量. LEED-designed work and living places stimulate resource efficiency and productive communities. Those who pursue certification benefit from instant name recognition, 在许多其他优点中, 包括长期的健康和环境回报, 可能的税收优惠, 投资回报率高，市场适应性强.
Whether your intent is to provide fresh produce for a community, restore habitat and foster biodiversity or promote healthy lifestyle choices in office workers through a corporate wellness program, LEED emphasizes the value of having an on-site food production system that mimics natural systems, 并相应地奖励其追求者. 花园是富有成效的, simple ways to promote environmental sustainability and healthy lifestyles in a community
Whether you are planning a mixed-use redevelopment project for a neighborhood or in the process of constructing a new building, 你可以为认证积累学分. Sites with an on-site vegetable garden are eligible for up to 6 LEED credits in the following four categories:
Ecoscaping is a holistic approach to sustainable land management meant to increase biodiversity and strengthen local ecosystems. This is an opportunity for GCG to create a customized and aesthetically pleasing landscape that incorporates high-yield gardens to help your building and land become more sustainable.
The LEED v4 2013 program released a pilot credit for Local Food Production to better human health. This project is intended to improve human nutrition and inform the community about sustainable, 小规模粮食生产.
这种奖励鼓励培育更健康的社区, and may be fulfilled by identifying and working with an existing advocacy or service nonprofit and finding ways in which your project can improve social equity. Your project can collaborate with a local nonprofit food bank and donate the food that is produced by your garden to the organization.
因为已建成的基础设施取代了自然区域, the land becomes more impermeable and susceptible to forming an “island” of spiked surface and atmospheric temperature. LEED’s Heat Island Reduction credit was initiated to decrease effects on micro climates and habitats by minimizing heat islands, which can be accomplished by growing food and native plants on your site.
建筑经常阻碍栖息地的繁荣. LEED created the Protect or Restore Habitat credit in an effort to urge building teams to mitigate habitat destruction ,促进生物多样性 on-site. The LEED credit library states that a vegetated roof surface may earn credit for this project “if the plants are native or adapted, 提供栖息地, ,促进生物多样性.” Some edible New England native plants GCG can plant for you are wild leeks/ramps, 耶路撒冷洋蓟, 野生草莓和鸵鸟蕨类植物.