By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The City of Miami has been selected by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to participate in the organization’s LEED for Cities and Communities grant program. The announcement was published yesterday and is one more step forward in the cities long-term sustainability goals.
USBGC and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation launched the LEED for Cities and Communities grant program with six U.S. cities in 2018, and yesterday expanded the program to fifteen more cities and communities, including the City of Miami.
Through the program, the City of Miami – and specifically its Office of Resilience and Sustainability – will receive financial assistance, educational resources and technical support to help the City achieve LEED certification, enabling the broader Miami community to become more sustainable.
“This partnership presents a tremendous opportunity to bolster the City’s sustainability agenda, take stock of where we stand now on sustainability and establish a baseline that we can measure against as we move forward,” said Miami City Manager Emilio T. Gonzalez.
“Congratulations to our Office of Resilience and Sustainability for securing this invaluable opportunity for the City to work directly with USBGC professionals to make Miami more sustainable.”
The City’s participation in the LEED for Cities and Communities program will now help the City integrate data-driven performance measures to focus citywide efforts towards realizing the resilience and sustainability goals and objectives set forth in the existing strategic plan.
“To realize a sustainable future for all, today’s cities and communities must strive to be green, resilient, inclusive and smart,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC.
“The LEED for Cities and Communities certification programs give leaders a framework for planning, designing, measuring and managing the social, economic and environmental performance of the places where they live, work, learn and play. With support from Bank of America, we will empower these grant recipients to deliver a higher living standard for their residents.”
LEED is the world’s most widely used green building rating system, and earlier this year, USGBC released the newest version of the program, LEED v4.1.