Do you think it is necessary for civil engineers to become LEED accredited professionals (LEED AP)?
While LEED certification is perhaps the highest valued environmental accreditation and its importance cannot be undervalued in the coming years, we as engineers are led to ask the following questions,
- Can you design for sustainability without having LEED accreditation?
- Is this just another acronym to put on a business card?
- Or, as some suggest, is this a half hearted attempt by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to exploit the demand for solutions to environmental issues and make some money along the way?