LEED for Cities grant program unveiled
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creators of the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) green building program, with support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, have announced a new grant program designed to recognize the sustainability and green building achievements of U.S. cities pursuing LEED for Cities certification.
Initial grant recipients include San Jose, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Phoenix; Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; and Chicago. Each grant will consist of financial assistance to aid in the pursuit of LEED for Cities certification, educational resources and customized technical support, according to a release.
LEED for Cities enables local governments to measure and track citywide performance by focusing on outcomes, rather than intent. Cities are evaluated across 14 key metrics, including energy, water, waste, transportation, education, health, safety and equitability. Washington, D.C., and Phoenix are the first cities to achieve certification through the program and earned LEED platinum, the highest level of certification.
“A sustainable city not only focuses on the environmental footprint but also how it is working to provide a better quality of life for its residents,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the USGBC. “LEED has been a transformative tool for buildings, and we are taking what we learned and applying it to help cities achieve a higher level of performance. LEED for Cities helps tell a sustainability story in a way that encourages a city’s citizens to be more engaged, and with the support of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, these six grant recipients are committing to delivering a more sustainable future today.”
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation previously supported the Affordable Green Neighborhoods Program, which, starting in 2010, provided assistance to eligible nonprofit and public sector developers of affordable housing to ensure that every new unit of affordable housing meets the highest standards of sustainability and offers residents the healthiest communities possible. The LEED for Cities grant program provides entire cities with the financial and educational support to improve performance over time through the pursuit of LEED for Cities certification.
Performance for cities is continuously tracked through Arc, the digital platform that connects all sustainability progress in one place and generates a performance score between 0 and 100. There are a total of 25 cities participating in LEED for Cities globally.
Companies: U.S. Green Building Council