The Real Deal New York

From the archives: When LEED is misleading

March 12, 2016 01:00PM


Call it New York’s “green rush.”Since 2006, nearly 60 planned new apartment projects around the city have been shown to the U.S. Green Building Council, with promises to minimize their environmental impact.

To do so, these projects must earn 26 of 69 points on a scale created by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the country’s most popular green benchmark. But the rush for that green imprimatur might have more to do with public relations than eco-friendliness, according to consultants, environmentalists and developers. Read the full story from the March 2007 issue here.