LEED for Cities and Communities

LEED for Cities and Communities

A new way forward for resilient, green, inclusive and smart cities

LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities provide cities and communities with a globally consistent way to measure and communicate performance.

The LEED v4.1 for Cities and LEED v4.1 for Communities certification programs revolutionize the way cities and communities are planned, developed and operated in order to improve the quality of life of people around the world. The programs provide a framework for planning, designing, measuring and managing the performance of social, economic and environmental conditions on a city-wide or community level.

LEED v4.1 for Cities and LEED v4.1 for Communities helps cities and communities develop responsible, sustainable and specific plans for natural systems, energy, water, waste, transportation and many other factors that contribute to quality of life.

LEED-certified cities and communities are healthy, sustainable places people love to live in

LEED-certified cities and communities encompass sustainability and much more: quality of life, health, prosperity, equity, access, empowerment, safety, education, resilience, infrastructure, and energy. They are designed to support continuous progress and ensure a higher quality of life for all residents.

Getting started

The Plan and Design option is available to new cities and communities to plan, design and develop sustainable strategies across six LEED credit categories: Natural Systems and Ecology, Transportation and Land Use, Water Efficiency, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Materials and Resources and Quality of Life. To get started, begin by documenting the sustainable strategies implemented across the six LEED credit categories during the planning, design and development phase.

The Existing option is for existing cities and communities to measure the performance of social, economic and environmental conditions at a city-wide scale or at a community level. To get started, begin by sharing data across six LEED credit categories: Natural Systems and Ecology, Transportation and Land Use, Water Efficiency, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Materials and Resources and Quality of Life.

Not ready for full certification? Start small by tracking incremental progress towards your sustainability goals. LEED v4.1 lets cities and communities report building portfolio performance, carbon emissions, policies and incentives. Cities and communities can also benchmark progress against local, regional and global peers.

Imagine a future where cities are healthy, sustainable and high performing

Cities can lead in prioritizing and enhancing human health, while saving energy, water and waste. Cities can be powered by clean and reliable energy, while teaching children in green school buildings. Cities can be affordable for even the poorest. We see that future within reach, with consistent and clear performance measurement as the path that will lead the way.

How it works

For new cities and communities

  1. Register in LEED Online. Learn more about registration and certification fees.
  2. Precertify (optional): Submit your project overview, goals, strategies and roadmap.
  3. Certify: Receive initial certification by documenting sustainable strategies during the planning, design and development phase.
  4. Recertify: Submit performance data and receive a score for on-going certification.

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For existing cities and communities

  1. Register in LEED Online. Learn more about registration and certification fees.
  2. Precertify (optional): Submit your project overview, goals, strategies and roadmap.
  3. Certify: Receive initial certification by documenting sustainable strategies and submitting performance data.
  4. Recertify: Submit performance data and receive a score for on-going certification.

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Who is using LEED for Cities and Communities

More than 90 cities and communities around the globe have certified through LEED.

  • Abington Township, PA
  • Albany, NY
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Arlington County, VA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Beaverton, OR
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Blue Island, IL
  • Boise, ID
  • Broward County, FL
  • Burlington, VT
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Chandler, AZ
  • Charles City, IA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbia, MO
  • Columbia, SC
  • Columbus, OH
  • Corinth, TX
  • Davenport, IA
  • Denton, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Devens, MA
  • Dubuque, IA
  • Durango, CO
  • Durham, NC
  • El Cerrito, CA
  • Evanston, IL
  • Fayetteville, AR
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Franklin, TN
  • Goleta, CA
  • Henderson, NV
  • Hoboken, NJ
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Kansas City, MO
  • King County, WA
  • Lancaster, PA
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Lawrence, KS
  • Lee County, FL
  • Louisville, KY
  • Memphis/Shelby County, TN
  • Monroe County, FL
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • New Bedford, MA
  • Northampton, MA
  • Palm Bay, FL
  • Park Forest, IL
  • Peoria, AZ
  • Peter Cooper Village, NY
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Pinecrest, FL
  • Pinellas County, FL
  • Plano, TX
  • Portland, OR
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Reading, PA
  • Reno, NV
  • Riverside, CA
  • Rochester, MN
  • Rosemount, MN
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Diego County, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Savona, Italy
  • Seattle, WA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Stuyvesant Town, NY
  • Surat, India
  • Tacoma, WA
  • The Sky Castle in Kuliang, China
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Washington, DC
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Wichita, KS
  • Winston-Salem, NC
  • Woodbridge Township, NJ

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