Evaluated across 14 key metrics which includes energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience, Phoenix, AZ has become one of the first cities to achieve certification under LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) for Cities. In addition, Phoenix certified at LEED Platinum, the highest level of certification.
Phoenix also joins Washington, D.C., San Jose, Denver, Atlanta and Chicago as grant recipients under a new program for U.S. Cities pursuing LEED for Cities certification. Each grant provides an entire city financial assistance, educational resources and customized technical support. There are a total of 25 cities participating in LEED for Cities globally.
LEED was created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) with support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. With a focus on outcome over intent, LEED for Cities enables local governments to measure and track citywide performance across five categories (energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience) and four subcategories( education, prosperity, equitability, and health & safety). A digital platform called Arc continuously tracks performance for cities, generating a performance score between 0 and 100, with 40 as the minimum for meet the requirements for certification.
Phoenix, AZ Is Now A LEED-Certified City!