This credit can be earned by any building, even those that don’t have large amounts of vegetation onsite. Projects that do have sufficient vegetation onsite earn two points, while projects that pursue the financial support option max out at one point.
Teams should be aware that the financial support option is not just a one-time contribution, and should plan budgets accordingly. Remember to retain documentation confirming your annual contributions for your future EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. recertification efforts.
Providing a list of the scientific names for the specific plant species that are contributing to credit compliance is recommended. The reviewers will need the scientific names to confirm that the plants meet the definition of native/adapted.
Probably not. The LEED Reference Guide includes examples of compliant uses for your financial contribution. Examples include: land acquisition or management for natural processes; native habitat restoration; watershed management, restoration, or protection; and public urban green space restoration or revitalization.
To conserve existing natural areas and restore damaged areas to provide habitat and promote biodiversity.
Have in place native or adapted vegetationAdapted (or introduced) plants reliably grow well in a given habitat with minimal winter protection, pest control, fertilization, or irrigation once their root systems are established. Adapted plants are considered low maintenance and not invasive. on 20% of the total site area (including the building footprintBuilding footprint is the area on a project site used by the building structure, defined by the perimeter of the building plan. Parking lots, parking garages, landscapes, and other nonbuilding facilities are not included in the building footprint.), a minimum of 5,000 square feet (465 square meters), to provide habitat and promote biodiversity.
Provide financial support equivalent to at least $0.05 per square foot (US$0.50 per square meter) for the total site area (including the building footprint).
Financial support must be provided annually to a nationally or locally recognized land trust or conservation organization within the same EPA Level III ecoregion or the project’s state (or within 100 miles [160 kilometers] for projects outside the U.S.). For U.S. projects, the land trust must be accredited by the Land Trust Alliance.
Provide the specified financial support annually.
This credit has a pilot ACP available in the LEED Pilot Credit Library. See Site development - protect or restore habitat - alternative compliance path for more information.
The Accredited Land Trust Locator (best viewed in Firefox for interactive features) makes it easy for project teams to find accredited land trusts and accreditation applicants nearby. Search by land trusts located near an address, by a word or phrase in their name, or use the check boxes to search by status.
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