Its new headquarters in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn serves as a physical embodiment of this "responsible citizen" philosophy—from the solar panels covering its roof down to the salvaged furniture outfitting its conference rooms to the public gallery of maker goods in its lobby. The hope? That it'll push others to adopt its conscientious ways.
LEED is about leaving as light a footprint on the environment as possible. The Living Building Challenge—the certificate of which you can only receive a full year after construction is complete—awards buildings that have a net positive impact on the environment. Buildings that adhere to the LBC standard have to meet sustainability requirements around water and energy usage, materials, and more.