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focus on retail LEED for RETAIL What to expect from the USGBC’s newest pilot program By Rachel J. Zsembery, AIA, LEED AP In today’s competitive retail market, providing financially and environmentally responsible solutions while maintaining customer loyalty is of paramount importance to the success of your business. Seeing a need several years ago to address the specific challenges and unique opportunities presented by retailers actively working to green their stores, the USGBC established the LEED for Retail Pilot program. The launch of the full rating system is expected in the coming months. The pilot program included participation by more than 80 retail teams to better tailor the goals of the new program to address retail-specific issues. These included the need for a rating system with flexibility to encourage participation by retailers from supermarkets, restaurants, and salons to specialty retailers, big boxes, and banks. The new rating system takes into account the varying demands on sys22 tems in a retail environment with a small number of full-time employees compared to a potentially large and | March/April 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green & Design - March/April 2009

Green & Design - March/April 2009
Beyond Fad
Book Review
Generation Green
Green Flags
LEED for Retail
Hola, la Ciudad
Eco-Mountain High
Beautiful Vision
A Better Bean
Under the Influence
Extreme Environmentalist
Leading LEED
To LEED or Not to LEED?
Products: Designer’s Picks
The Many Shades of Green
Ad Index

Green & Design - March/April 2009