The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED standards, are a major component of sustainable smart growth. Widely respected and considered to be the main benchmarks of sustainable growth, more communities are working to wholly adopt LEED. This does not mean however, that it is without criticism. LEED standards have faced disapproval from both extremes of the spectrum, with some saying it is too aggressive, and others saying it is not nearly comprehensive enough. Ultimately, LEED is a useful tool for providing long-term benefits to the community, and should be implemented as much as possible, while retaining sight of its limitations.