After Washington, now Phoenix gets green certification -min
Phoenix’s LEED platinum certification recognizes the city’s commitment in creating a sustainable and resilient built environment, which includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, supporting clean energy innovation, and focusing on inclusive prosperity and livability (SU Sun Devil Fitness Complex, Downtown Phoenix Campus. For a LEED-certified project that addresses the needs of an underserved community, meeting USGBC's vision of healthy and sustainable buildings for all)
In August, Washington, D.C. was the first to receive the top “platinum” certification under a global sustainability program called LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Cities, which tracks performance on energy use, waste management, water, transport and even quality of life. Now, Washington is joined by Phoenix. The LEED for Cities framework is an expansion of the world’s most widely used rating system for green buildings. Phoenix’s LEED platinum certification recognizes the city’s commitment in creating a sustainable and resilient built environment, which includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, supporting clean energy innovation, and focusing on inclusive prosperity and livability.
Created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is designed to help buildings, communities and cities achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health. LEED for Cities enables cities to measure and track outcomes from ongoing efforts with the goal of improving sustainability and quality of life.
Cities are evaluated based on 14 key metrics that include energy, water, waste, transportation, education, health, safety, prosperity and equitability. LEED for Cities performance is tracked through Arc, a digital platform that connects actions and tracks progress using a performance score.
Indian cities, though still far away from getting anywhere close to LEED certification, have started to move in the direction of becoming sustainable. For example, Surat, eighth-largest city in India, is studying the path adopted by Washington to achieve the certification. By becoming a LEED certified city, attracting best practices and technologies from developed countries would become much easier. However, for Indian cities, including Surat the biggest hurdle would be to generate, monitor and control data on greenhouse gas emissions, which is currently outdated.