Sustainability + LEED
Leopardo helped pioneer the green construction movement in the Midwest and is a recognized leader in sustainable building practices with extensive project experience spanning all LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification levels. Plus, 30 percent of Leopardo office staff are LEED accredited professionals (LEED APs). Based on our industry-leading experience, we have the ability to provide an accurate LEED scorecard and projected cost impacts. We also advise clients about the countless benefits of sustainable design and construction. Using green building practices, materials and systems can actually cost less than non-green counterparts and provide immediate and long-term savings. So, many projects actually achieve LEED certification with little or no added cost and with budgets well within the range of non-green buildings.
Leopardo encourages any business considering construction to build green. The benefits for owners and managers of a LEED certified green building may include:
• Improved building performance
• Reduced cost streams associated with building operations
• Higher rents and resale values
• Reduced environmental impacts
• Healthier and more productive employees
• Public recognition for leadership in sustainability
WE PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH
In addition to our industry-leading LEED experience and LEED accredited professionals on staff, Leopardo was a principal consultant for Wilbur Wright College and the USGBC-Chicago Chapter to establish the Building Energy Technologies Occupational Certificate Program, the only collegiate-level program in the United States. Leopardo is also a charter sponsor of the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE). Some of our employees also teach green coursework at the college level.
Our Director of Sustainability and General Superintendent, George Tuhowski, was the 2010 Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Chicago Chapter and served as the 2011 Ex-Officio Chairman. He has been an active member of the USGBC since 2005 and Co-Chairs the Chicago Chapter’s nationally-recognized Education Committee. He also Chair’s the Heartland Regional Committee Charter Council.
George has hosted and presented for the LEED Extra Credit curriculum at the Chicago Center for Green Technology. He was an active committee member for Greenbuild 2007 and played an integral role in the planning and construction of the event-sponsored Legacy Project, a LEED-Commercial Interiors project seeking Platinum certification. George consulted Wright College on its Building Energy Technologies program and sits on the school’s Environmental Technology Program’s advisory board. He is also a member of Environment Illinois, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, as well as the Green subcommittee of the Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates. He’s been a featured speaker and panelist on various green topics for many organizations and universities, and has been quoted in numerous magazine and newspaper articles on green topics.
As a member of the Education & Research Committee, Leopardo and the USGBC-Chicago Chapter were awarded the 2006 USGBC Chapter Award for Education. We were a lead consultant on creating this program and remain an active participant. We are also a member of the LEED for Healthcare Committee and participants in the USGBC-CC Emerging Green Builders (EGB).
THE LEOPARDO SUSTAINABILITY TQM TEAM
With a culture of continuous improvement and achievement, Leopardo provides internal and external green training opportunities for employees. As part of our corporate culture, Leopardo created a TQM (Total Quality Management) committee that is dedicated to recycling, energy conservation and reducing or eliminating any negative impact on the environment. With 25 active employee members, this committee promotes the benefits of green construction with clients and encourages green practices internally with recycling, energy conservation, use of environmentally-friendly building materials, etc.