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USGBC Announces $500K More in Grants

Thursday, February 27, 2020

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The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that Bank of America has provided an additional $500,000 grant to the LEED for Cities and Communities program, which helps local governments pursue LEED certification and provide access to education and support.

The new funding will assist 20 additional city and county recipients as they pursue LEED certification to address climate change, resilience and social equity challenges in their region, according to the USGBC.

“Local governments see the on-the-ground effects of a changing climate and how it impacts people, businesses and communities. They also understand that taking action can lead to a stronger economy and better quality of life for their residents,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC.

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The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that Bank of America has provided an additional $500,000 grant to the LEED for Cities and Communities program, which helps local governments pursue LEED certification and provide access to education and support.

“More than 160 cities and communities around the world are participating in LEED for Cities and Communities outside of the grant program and thanks to our partners at Bank of America, we are able to welcome even more into the LEED family. These cities and communities are committed to finding solutions that improve our living standard and are using LEED to ensure they are on a path of continuous improvement.”

The new city and community recipients include:

  • Abington Township, Pennsylvania;
  • Charlotte, North Carolina;
  • Cleveland, Ohio;
  • Costa Mesa, California;
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas;
  • Johnson County, Kansas;
  • Kane County, Illinois;
  • Louisville, Kentucky;
  • Miami Beach, Florida;
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida;
  • Middleton, Wisconsin;
  • Nashua, New Hampshire;
  • Newark, New Jersey;
  • Northampton, Massachusetts;
  • Orange County, Florida;
  • Orange County, North Carolina;
  • Palm Beach County, Florida;
  • Santa Monica, California;
  • Sarasota, Florida; and
  • Tampa, Florida.

More than 100 cities and communities have achieved LEED certification. In addition to environmental factors, the rating system takes into account social and economic indicators, such as health, equity, education and prosperity. LEED helps local leaders hone metrics to evaluate initiatives, benchmark performance relative to peers and educate and communicate progress to stakeholders, according to the council.

The rating system is flexible and can be applied to small and large cities, counties and other local governments, as well as economic areas, such as business improvement districts and neighborhoods.

Since 2018, Bank of America has provided $1.25 million to this program, supporting a total of 41 U.S. cities and communities to date as they pursue certification.

The last grant was awarded in May of last year and helped 15 cities. The 2018 grant supported six.

LEED

Last year, the USGBC released the newest version of its LEED program, LEED v4.1.

The LEED v4.1 certification recognizes leadership by emphasizing not only integrated design, social equity and human health factors, it also looks at performance monitoring.

“LEED v4.1 makes LEED the first green performance standard for buildings, communities and cities,” said Ramanujam, after the launch.

“It is the most comprehensive, collaborative, accessible and effective LEED system to date. This newest release complements the full suite of LEED v4.1 rating systems that are available today. We are excited and optimistic for the future as we continuously work to ensure that LEED is not only the de facto leadership standard but also a living standard.”

For the LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities rating systems, LEED v4.1 expands on the earlier performance-based approach to deliver a framework to support plan, design, operation and performance management phases of both new and existing cities and communities.

The rating systems align with all the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and incorporate practices from other systems, such as the previously integrated STAR Community Rating System, and the PEER, TRUE, EDGE and SITES programs.

   

Tagged categories: Associations; Good Technical Practice; Green building; LEED; NA; North America; Sustainability; United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

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