Atlanta Business News: LEED certification boosts cost of going green

It ain?t easy being green. At least, not certifiably.

Just ask Connie Engel, a partner at Childress Klein, which manages and leases most of Atlanta Galleria, an 86-acre office park in Cobb County with six high-rise buildings.

The firm is not seeking certification through the U.S. Green Building Council to prove the buildings are LEED — the acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

?We don?t want to pay the cost,? Engel said, or pass it on to tenants during this economic climate. But, she said, that doesn’t mean they don’t believe in conservation.

?We?ve been doing it for years: recycling, water conservation, all kinds of things generally considered green,? Engel said.