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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification program created by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable design and construction. LEED is a third-party verification system that creates an international standard to evaluate the environmental performance of a building based on the following five categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Based on the number of points your project achieves, a project obtains a certification at one of four levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. The benefits of building LEED may include, but are not limited to, producing higher test scores in schools, lower absenteeism and higher productivity in the office environment, lower operating costs, and potential premiums on property rentals and sales.