By Alexander Landa
LEED is taking over the city! No, really. Announced in a USGBC press release, there's a new certification in town – LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities. The USGBC created these new pilot certifications to promote more than just an individual building – but a city as a whole, as we need communities to work together now more than ever.
These programs connect to the new Arc platform, which supports continuous progress for communities and cities. LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities ask the city or community as a whole to set goals and work together to support these goals, with city/community-wide performance data tracking.Arc considers energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience.
Now the question is – who will be the first city in Massachusetts to obtain a LEED for City achievement? There are a lot of emerging hotspots in the state, so let's have some fun with it!