Last week, Washington, DC was named the first LEED for Cities Platinum certified city in the world. LEED for Cities was launched last year and enables cities to measure sustainability efforts across an array of metrics including energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience.
Washington, DC’s LEED Platinum certification recognizes the outcomes of the city’s leadership in creating a sustainable and resilient built environment, which includes: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, supporting clean energy innovation, and focusing on inclusive prosperity and livability in all eight wards.
Today, 65 percent of DC neighborhoods are walkable; 58 percent of commuter trips are by bike, walking, or public transit; and the DC government is 100 percent powered by renewable energy. DC is on track to derive at least one-half of the entire city’s electricity from renewable resources by 2032.