With the push for ongoing environmental justice, the USGBC added a new guiding principle to its 2013-2015 strategic plan known as Fostering Social Equity. The intention of the new principle is to create a greener economy, community, and quality of life.
The new LEED social equity credits consist of:
- Social Equity within the Project Team: This credit encourages a project's owners, financiers, architects, engineers, and contractors to incorporate social equity into their daily activities.
- Social Equity within the Community: This credit encourages a project team to address identified needs and disparities in the community surrounding the project.
- Social Equity within the Supply Chain: This credit encourages social equity for those involved in the production of materials and products for our buildings, from raw materials extraction through final assembly.