The City of Indianapolis is committed to increasing the number of green buildings in both the public and private sector. Led by the Office of Sustainability, the City is developing policies, programs and initiatives to promote green building practices, remove barriers and engage its citizens in improving their built environment.
The goal of sustainable or green buildings is to carefully consider all of the impacts and implications inherent in a building or development project, both now and in the foreseeable future. These considerations are not limited to only environmental impacts, but extend to include social and economic impacts. Examples of these economic and social impacts include jobs created during the project and improvements of socioeconomic conditions, respectively.
The practice of green building has increased in popularity in the last several years in the United States, primarily as a result of its many benefits. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is an organization that has grown tremendously over the last few decades and has led the development of standards for green building practices for many industries.
With a growing demand for green building’s cost savings and energy efficiency, the USGBC developed the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system as a method of consistent measurement of green components. LEED provides a hierarchy of standards for environmentally sustainable construction: certified, silver, gold and platinum for those projects that are designed and perform at the highest efficiency levels.
The non-profit organization continues to grow and increase its LEED rating system to include all types of buildings. There are LEED rating systems for new construction, existing buildings, homes and neighborhoods. The LEED rating system is considered the standard for sustainable building guidelines and has become a marketing strategy for businesses, as well as a positive contribution to their bottom line.
Below is a list of LEED-certified buildings in Indianapolis, according to the USGBC web site:
SustainIndy is Mayor Greg Ballard's plan for making Indianapolis one of the Midwest’s most sustainable cities. SustainIndy is aimed at improving our local environment and the quality of life, while enhancing the local economy. Mayor Ballard and the Office of Sustainability are interested in working with organizations through the framework of new building design and construction to educate residents and businesses about sustainable development.