City of Miami announced on May 23rd that the city has been selected by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to participate in their LEED for Cities and Communities grant program.
The U.S. Green Building Council and Bank of America Charitable Foundation created the “LEED for Cities and Communities Grant Program” to support local governments pursuing certification under the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system. Each grant package includes:
- One annual USGBC Silver membership;
- LEED for Cities and Communities registration and certification;
- Access to the Arc reporting platform to encourage city/county continuous improvement and ability to explore opportunities for managed/owned affordable housing units;
- A two-day, in-person orientation workshop with other selected communities for two local government officials/staff;
- One registration to attend the Greenbuild Conference and Expo and the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit in Atlanta in November 2019
- Access to online education resources, USGBC technical assistance and monthly conference calls.
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. The City recognizes that the next generation of green building must focus on the development of smart cities and resilient communities, and this certification will allow Miami to demonstrate leadership among cities and communities advancing a sustainable, healthy, and equitable way of life.City of Miami press release
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. 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.Miami City Manager Emilio T. Gonzalez