The Viridian at 1282 Boylston Street has been officially awarded LEED Gold Certification by the USGBC.

LEED projects earn points across the following basic areas, addressing key aspects of green buildings; integrative process, location and access to transportation, sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation, and regional priority.

Based on the number of points a project accumulates, it is then awarded one of four LEED certifications; LEED Certified, LEED Silver, LEED Gold, or LEED platium.

According to the USGBC, LEED certification means healthier, more productive places, reduced stress on the environment by encouraging energy and resource-efficient buildings, and savings from increased building value, higher lease rates and decreased utility costs. LEED-certified buildings will directly contribute $29.8 billion to U.S. GDP by 2018.