United States Green Building Counsil - South Dakota Chapter South Dakota Chapter

What is LEED?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Put  simply, LEED is bascially a rating system that uses a set of standards to measure the sustainability of a building project. LEED has quickly become the most recognized national standard for sustaininable building. The LEED rating system is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  It is becoming more and more prevelant locally as House Bill 188 required all state projects (of a certain dollar amount/size) to meet a Silver LEED standard.

Click here to watch a video done by the New York Upstate Chapter: "LEED Green Building Rating System - What is it and why should I care?"


Jordan Mills, a 5th grader from South Park Elementary, reads about LEED at the Game, Fish & Parks Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City, SD.

LEED 2012 FAQ.pdf


USGBC Announces Changes to LEED 2012

 Click here to read the press release.

LEED 2012 to v4 Transition FAQ.pdf


LEED Regionalization

Please visit to read all about the LEED Regioanlization process.  http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2445

Regional Priority Credits

Regionalization Playbook_updates 12 05 11.pdf

Introduction to LEED Regionalization webcast_June 6.7.pdf

Recommended issues_Heartlands_03 2012.pdf