July 7, 2014 | By isosteam |
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Diego, CA- July 7, 2014
ISOS Group, in collaboration with Susty Pacific LLC, Brightworks, and other LEED and GRI experts— is pleased to announce the release of a new resource document that links the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC™) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Certification Program with the Global Reporting Initiative™ (GRI) Reporting Guidelines.
The document titled, “Linking up LEED with GRI: How Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 certification program aligns with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines” provides a resource for LEED and GRI practitioners to identify the connections between the two frameworks and integrate the key components of LEED and GRI projects.
GRI is a network-based international nonprofit organization that produces the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework. The GRI Guidelines are used by corporate businesses, public agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry groups, small enterprises, municipal governments and other entities as a basis for providing transparency reporting in the areas of economic, environmental, social and governance performance.
GRI launched its G4 guidelines May of 2013 to address sustainability data requirements in a more straightforward and user-friendly manner. The G4 provides a detailed framework for reporters to convey business goals, risks and impacts to their stakeholders. In addition, the G4 broadens the company’s impact in the supply chain by addressing economic, environmental and social performance. The GRI Disclosures for the environment support the LEED Credits for Sustainable Sites, Water, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.
LEED is a leading international green building rating and certification system developed and managed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED certification is administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), which provides third-party verification of green buildings. It has over 13,000 membership organizations, 77 local chapters, and over 188,000 LEED professionals. There are ten LEED rating systems that were developed to meet the needs of various sectors, building types, and developments.
The “Linking up LEED with GRI” document includes descriptions of GRI and LEED. It provides narrative summaries that compare GRI sustainability reporting and LEED certification, describes synergies, and includes areas where the two frameworks overlap. In addition, users can download an extensive, comprehensive GRI-LEED linkage table that shows the direct overlap and relationships between GRI indicators and LEED credits.
The connections identified in the document provide a reference for GRI sustainability reporters (and reporting organizations) to track and disclose performance related to LEED more efficiently. It can also serve as an aid for LEED planning to align with organizational reporting, disclosure priorities, and selected performance indicators.
Susty Pacific will be presenting the document at the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in New Orleans in October 22-24. They also plan to present this document in Honolulu this fall and begin offering training on corporate and organizational sustainability in 2015.
A summary of “Linking Up LEED with GRI” can be downloaded free of charge. More detailed tables and additional tools that reference the GRI G3.1, G4, and other LEED checklists can be downloaded for a fee at http: http://isosgroup.com/research/GRI-LEED
About ISOS Group:
ISOS Group is a leading sustainability services agency. They work with organizations of all sizes and business sectors across the globe to provide tools and guidance in integrated sustainability reporting. Their expertise includes training and certification, consultancy to guide organizations throughout the reporting cycle, stakeholder engagement and materiality, content development, branding and design, third party assurance and external recognition. ISOS Group is a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Certified Training Partner and a CDP Silver Education and Training Partner in the U.S.
About Susty Pacific:
Susty Pacific LLC is a Hawaii-based firm specializing in responsible business and sustainability consulting. Their expertise and knowledge combine business competency with sustainability to develop tangible solutions that address the reality of business needs while positively impacting the local culture, community, and natural ecosystem—what they refer to as the Quadruple Bottom Line (QBL). To learn more about Susty Pacific, visit http://www.sustypacific.com/.
Brightworks helps organizations of all types capture and create lasting value by aligning their efforts with basic principles of ecological, social, and economic sustainability. To learn more about Brightworks, visit http://www.brightworks.net/.