Phoenix AZ receives LEED Platinum certification

The city of Phoenix is one of the first cities to achieve LEED Platinum certification under LEED for Cities. Phoenix earned the LEED Platinum endorsement in recognition of the city’s commitment to creating a sustainable and resilient built environment, which includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, supporting clean energy innovation, and focusing on inclusive prosperity and livability. Phoenix has earned a reputation as a sustainability leader.

Phoenix receives LEED Platinum certification

Phoenix Convention Center, LEED Certified Green Building – Photo – KV

“This certification validates our progress,” says Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “We’ve set ambitious goals, and Phoenix will continue to take more steps to divert waste, increase water efficiency, and reduce carbon emissions, which benefits us, our environment and our economy.”

Established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is the world’s most widely used green building program, designed to help buildings, communities, and cities achieve high-performance in key areas of human and environmental health.

LEED for Cities enables cities to measure and track outcomes from ongoing efforts with the goal of improving sustainability and quality of life. Cities are evaluated based on 14 key metrics that include energy, water, waste, transportation, education, health, safety, prosperity, and equitability. LEED for Cities performance is tracked through Arc, a digital platform that connects actions and tracks progress using a performance score.

Phoenix’s LEED Platinum certification recognizes the city’s commitment to creating a sustainable and resilient built environment, which includes: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, supporting clean energy innovation, and focusing on inclusive prosperity and livability.

“Phoenix is not only demonstrating its environmental leadership but also highlighting its commitment to pursuing strategies that will improve the health and well-being of its residents,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO at USGBC and GBCI. “The city is setting a standard for what it means to be a high performer and we applaud their efforts and achievements so far.”

The USGBC’s vision is that buildings, cities. and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. In its 2017-2019 strategic plan, one of the organization’s primary goals is to expand sustainable, healthy, and resilient communities, cities, and cultures.

By certifying under LEED for Cities, Phoenix is helping to achieve this goal and is recognized as a leader for its outstanding sustainability performance. USGBC’s LEED for Cities program is supported through a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

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Phoenix AZ receives LEED platinum certification