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Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design

LEED is a green building rating system that recognizes leadership in development of sustainable buildings. Montgomery County designs new buildings and major renovations to meet the criteria for a minimum of LEED Silver certification.

What is LEED?

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System was developed by the United States Green Buildings Council (USGBC) to recognize leadership in developing sustainable buildings and to change the way we think about how buildings are planned, constructed, and operated. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas including sustainability of the building site, water conservation, energy efficiency, air quality, use of sustainable construction materials, waste reduction, and indoor environmental quality. Based on the number of points achieved, a project receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Montgomery County and LEED

Montgomery County designs new buildings and major renovations to meet the criteria for a minimum of LEED Silver certification. Since 2012, Montgomery County has achieved LEED certification on 14 buildings – 4 Silver and 10 Gold.

LEED Silver

  • MCPS Food Distribution Center
  • Mid-County Community Recreation Center
  • Plum Gar Recreation Center
  • Travillah Fire Station

LEED Gold

  • Animal Services and Adoption Center
  • Circuit Court South Tower
  • Colesville Maintenance Depot
  • Equipment Maintenance and Transit Operations Center
  • Gaithersburg Library
  • 3rd District Police Station
  • Olney Library
  • Scotland Neighborhood Recreation Center
  • Silver Spring Library
  • White Oak Community Recreation Center

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