On June 2nd the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded the City of Tallahassee a Gold level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The USGBC’s LEED certification is a rating system related to a community’s efforts on sustainability and resiliency performance.
The award was created in 2016 for the purpose of encouraging cities and communities to increase the standards of living.
A few examples of what is measured by the USGBC include the enhancement of a city’s infrastructure, efforts in creating affordable housing for underprivileged citizens, environmental achievements, public transportation, and other accomplishments by a city to increase their quality of life.
To earn the LEED Gold certification, the City of Tallahassee conducted an in-depth, cross-departmental data analysis and evaluation related to its strategic sustainability and resilience efforts. The City earned maximum points in five categories which included integrative planning, natural systems and ecology, transportation & land use, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, and sustainability & resiliency innovation.
“From how we leverage technology and modernize our infrastructure to how we preserve canopy coverage and grow our parks system, the City’s commitment to sustainable progress has forged new solutions to issues facing many communities around the world,” Mayor John Dailey said. “This certification and record-breaking score recognize the multitude of efforts – both past and present – by the City of Tallahassee to deliver quality municipal services in innovative ways, to provide current residents and future generations the opportunity to live their best lives here.”
The City of Tallahassee joins 126 cities and communities that have also earned the LEED Gold Certification. Tallahassee also joins 13 other governments in Florida that have earned the certification.