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You are not required to show in-text citation of Mehdizadeh et al. (2013). However, please have the reference section at the end of your document. Summarize the
paper while answering the questions below:
Define the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) (1-2 sentence(s)).
Define LEED for Homes (1-2 sentence(s)).
Explain the motivation and objective of this study.
Any critique on the methodology or study design? You do not have to criticize the statistical method.
What are the major findings of this study and explanations of the findings by the authors? Do you agree with their findings?
Any LEED Homes in Oregon? Describe the house in terms of its price, affordability, certification level, location, and one notable green house characteristic (1-2
sentence(s)).
Journal of Sustainable Development; Vol. 6, No. 5; 2013
ISSN 1913-9063 E-ISSN 1913-9071
Published by Canadian Center of Science and Education
37
The Green Housing Privilege? An Analysis of the Connections
Between Socio-Economic Status of California Communities and
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification
Roshan Mehdizadeh
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, Martin Fischer
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& Judee Burr
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Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, USA
Correspondence: Roshan Mehdizadeh, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 473 Via
Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305, USA. E-mail: roshanm@stanford.edu
Received: January 3, 2013 Accepted: March 28, 2013 Online Published: April 16, 2013
doi:10.5539/jsd.v6n5p37 URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/jsd.v6n5p37
Abstract
This statistical analysis investigated the socio-economic patterns of current residential Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) certification in Californi a cities and towns. Specifically focusing on the LEED
certification process, this analysis assesses the correlation between the pe rcent of residential buildings with
LEED certification in California places and the socio-econ omic characteristics of those places. The pre-analytic
hypothesis was that wealthier cities and towns would ha ve a greater number of LEED certified homes with
higher levels of LEED certification.
The results of Pearson correlation testing using the statistical software R showed no statistically significant
relationship between the total number of LEED certified homes or at any level of certification and the
socio-economic characteristics of the places in question. One very influential factor in this finding is the lack of
available data-of the 1466 places in California treated as distinct by the U.S. Census with available economic
information, only 75 of them had at least one LEED certified home.