August 30, 2008
Does LEED give points for planting or preserving trees?
LEED NC does not give a credit for planting or preserving trees per se, but Sustainable Site Credit 5.1 gives a credit for preserving or replanting native vegetation, which in many places includes trees. There are also several other Sustainable Sites credits that require planting of vegetation for open space or stormwater control. LEED is also developing a LEED – Neighborhood Development standard for community planning which may include something about trees, but that’s just pure conjecture.