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Washington, DC Named First LEED Platinum City

placeholder+imagePosted on: 08/31/2017

Washington, DC has been recongized as the first LEED Platinum City in the world. United States green Building Council (USGBC) President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam announced the honor at a ceremony today at tDubar High School, the highest LEED rated school in the United States.  The certification recongizes the District's leadership in reducing emissions, innovating in clean enery, and other factors including setting and tracking measurable goals and progress. 

According to Mr. Ramanujam, "Washington, DC is setting the bar for smart cities all around the world by leveraging technology and data to achive sustainability and resiliency goals, creating healthy and safe communities where citizens can thrive....Mayor Bowser and the city are once again showing that our nations's capital is performing at the highest levels and that its buildings, beighborhoods and communities are as sustainable as possible."

Recent Washington DC milestones and accomplishments:

-Released the ClimateReady DC program
-Created one of the largest municipal onsite solar projects in the US
-Completed the largest windpower purchase agreement of its kind
-Launched Sustanable DC 2.0, an update to a 2011 program
-Signed a Mayor's order pledging to uphold the commitments in the Paris Agreement
-Hosts more LEED-certified projects per capita than any US state

-65% of DC neighborhoods are wlkable
-58% of commuter trips are by bike, walking or public transportation
-The DC Government is 100% powered by renewable energy
-DC as a city plans to be powered at least 50% by renewable resources by 2032


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