There are several different LEED levels–Certification, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
To become certified, a building has to have at least 40 of the green requirements on the LEED checklist. Some companies now hire consultants to find the cheapest items on the checklist. That’s why some critics say it’s *too easy to be green.
“There’s some truth to that. To get to the ‘Certified’ level has gotten pretty easy. We see a lot of buildings that have a LEED plaque that I look at and I roll my eyes a little bit,” said Fred Tepfer, UO Campus Planner.
The University of Oregon has many Gold and Platinum certified buildings, including the new Lewis Integrative Science Center.