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From the Green Guide --> LEED 2009 for Healthcare

On November 16, 2010, the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED® 2009 for Healthcare (LEED HC) rating system passed member ballot with an 87% approval rate. The six-year development process engaging many Green Guide steering committee members is complete.  LEED 2009 for Healthcare is ready for launch in the Spring of 2011 with a full complement of collateral materials, including reference guide and LEED Online letter templates.  The Green Guide for Health Care, established in 2002, served as a foundational document for LEED HC.  As the healthcare sector’s first sustainable design toolkit, the Green Guide emphasizes the human health dimension of design and construction, and used the LEED credit-based framework, with permission from the USGBC. LEED for Healthcare is available for project registration now, but will be fully operational by Spring 2011.  For details, click here.  

The USGBC member-approved LEED 2009 for Healthcare includes many new and modified credits developed through the Green Guide for Health Care construction section; four credits from the Green Guide were placed in the new LEED Pilot Credit Library for further market testing:  Pilot Credit 2: PBT Source Reduction: Dioxins and Halogenated Compounds; Pilot Credit 3: Medical & Process Equipment Efficiency; Pilot Credit 4: Innovative Ventilation, and; Pilot Credit 11: Chemical Avoidance in Building Materials. The Green Guide encourages project teams to use these credits whether pursuing LEED for Healthcare or another LEED rating system.  For Pilot Credit Library details, click here.

The launch of LEED for Healthcare culminates an eight-year partnership between the Green Guide and U.S. Green Building Council to accelerate and streamline the development of LEED for Healthcare and to further advance the use of health-based green building rating tools in the marketplace.  The Green Guide Co-Coordinators Gail Vittori and Robin Guenther recognize the many people who have contributed to the Green Guide since its inception in 2002, served on Green Guide steering committees and on the LEED for Healthcare Committee that made this milestone accomplishment possible.  Green Guide Co-Coordinators and v2 Steering Committee members who also served on the LEED for Healthcare Core Committee are: Robin Guenther, Steve Guttmann, Tom Lent, Brendan Owens, Clark Reed, Greg Roberts, Kim Shinn, and Gail Vittori

Steve Guttmann, PE, LEED AP, Chair of the LEED HC Core Committee, believes "the advantages of the LEED Pilot Credit Program outweigh the uncertainties in the new program. The Pilot Credit program creates opportunities for progressive practitioners to refine and improve credits that could otherwise languish due to unfamiliarity, lack of use, or other unforeseen complication. In addition, the interactive design of the Pilot Credit program is intended to drive effective measurement and documentation of reduced chemical exposures from building products as well as support a better understanding of the trade- offs made in the selection of alternative materials."

Tom Lent of the Healthy Building Network, who participated both in the Green Guide and USGBC committees, believes that "the LEED HC revision process has resulted in a significant number of positive health-based improvements to the LEED rating system. For instance, LEED HC strengthens mercury restrictions and furniture toxics requirements, and extends indoor air quality protection assessments to all interior surfaces - an approach that has been picked up by the draft LEED 2012."  Overall, he expects that these credits will benefit all project types as they make the transition to the entire LEED system.

These and other toolkit development leaders agree that the ultimate success of these programs will depend upon LEED project team engagement. Additional information about LEED HC is available on the USGBC website at  


CleanMed 2011 Expands Focus on Green Building Design

CleanMed 2011 in Phoenix, AZ (April 6-8, 2011) is the premier global conference on environmentally sustainable healthcare.  This year, its expanded focus on GREEN BUILDING DESIGN + OPERATIONS includes two unique workshops plus 9 additional green building sessions. Workshops include LEED 2009 for Healthcare training, debuting new content since approval of the LEED 2009 for Healthcare rating system in November 2009 (Tuesday, April 5, Noon-5pm), and Hospital of the Future addressing research and emerging trends in healthcare sustainability in an interactive format (Wednesday, April 6, 9a.m.-1p.m.).  This is a must-attend conference.  Visit for program and registration details.

Welcome Tsoi Kobus & Associates - a new Champion!

We acknowledge the generous support of Tsoi Kobus & Associates (TK&A), an architectural firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, through their assignment of TK&A’s Sustainable Practice Leader Blake Jackson, LEED-AP, as a volunteer with the Green Guide v2.2 Operations Pilot program beginning in October 2010. We extend a warm welcome to Blake and TK&A to the Green Guide community!  We encourage other firms, businesses and organizations to consider supporting the Green Guide by becoming Champion-level Sponsors!

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Apr 6-8, 2011:  CleanMed 2011 Registration Now Open!

Register today for CleanMed, the Nation’s Most Influential Conference on Sustainable Health Care.   CleanMed, the nation’s most important and influential conference on sustainable health care, will hold its 2011 conference in Phoenix, AZ, on April 6-8, 2011.   Registration is now open at


USGBC Podcast Series: LEED 2009 for Healthcare

USGBC is proud to present a three-part podcast series introducing the LEED 2009 for Healthcare Rating System. The series discusses the development of the LEED for Healthcare Rating System, the business case for pursuing LEED certification for a healthcare facility, and the new healthcare-specific credits that differ from existing LEED Building Design and Construction rating systems. To listen to the LEED 2009 for Healthcare Podcast Series, tune-in to USGBC’s Podcast Channel on iTunes: Check out episodes on January 28, February 11, and February 25.


Green Guide v2.2 Operations Pilot Update at CleanMed2011 !

Attend our interactive session "Test Driving the Green Guide  v2.2 Operations Section Credits  - Welcome to our Pilot Program" with Kumkum M. Dilwali, Senior Director, Green Guide and Lorissa McAllister, Operations Pilot Team (Thu April 7, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.)

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 Sustainable Healthcare Architecture 
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Robin Guenther and Gail Vittori, Green Guide Co-Coordinators, Authors  



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