News Analysis

Washington, D.C. First to Achieve LEED at Citywide Scale

The city is first to earn a Platinum LEED for Cities certification, leveraging information technology to track progress toward a range of sustainability goals.

October 6, 2017

At least 55 cities and communities around the world have signed on to test the LEED for Cities pilot, and Washington, D.C. has achieved the first certification in the new system—a Platinum rating.

Cities seeking certification submit performance data for a range of sustainability categories—Energy, Water, Waste, Transportation, and Human Experience—to receive a base score. Up to ten additional points can be earned by certifying individual projects within the city and by creating action plans for specific goals like carbon reduction, climate resilience, and green infrastructure.