DC First LEED Platinum City in the World
Washington D.C., has been named the first LEED for Cities Platinum city in the world, which signifies a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as citywide support in developing clean energy solutions.
Muriel Bowser, the city's mayor, was presented with the U.S. Green Building Council honor by president and CEO of the organization, Mahesh Ramanujam.
“It is in the best interest of Washington, D.C.’s safety, economy, and future to take sustainability and resiliency seriously, and as the nation’s capital, we have a special obligation to lead the way on environmental issues,” Bowser said in a statement.
She also noted that the city’s commitment to finding sustainable solutions would remain unwavering, in hopes of building toward a more sustainable city.
LEED for Cities
Launched last year, LEED for Cities serves as a way for cities to measure performance and outcomes in sustainability ventures. The initiative also uses ARC, a digital platform, to both provide greater visibility in sustainability efforts and forecast benchmarks yet to be met.
Moving forward, according to the USGBC, tracking the city’s progress is of paramount importance in order to meet the goals of the Sustainable D.C. Plan, which strives to make the city the healthiest, greenest and most livable in the U.S., as well as meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Accord. To assist in these efforts, the city will be using Smarter D.C. to facilitate more open access to data.
“Washington, D.C., is setting the bar for smart cities all around the world by leveraging technology and data to achieve sustainability and resiliency goals, creating healthy and safe communities where citizens can thrive,” Ramanujam said.
“Mayor Bowser and the city are once again showing that our nation’s capital is performing at the highest levels and that its buildings, neighborhoods and communities are as sustainable as possible.”
Earlier this year, according to WAMU, and in light of President Donald J. Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord, Mayor Bowser indicated that D.C. would continue to strive toward the targets set by the agreement.