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DC First LEED Platinum City in the World

Monday, September 11, 2017

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Washington D.C., has been named the first LEED for Cities Platinum city in the world, which signifies a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as citywide support in developing clean energy solutions.

Muriel Bowser, the city's mayor, was presented with the U.S. Green Building Council honor by president and CEO of the organization, Mahesh Ramanujam.

“It is in the best interest of Washington, D.C.’s safety, economy, and future to take sustainability and resiliency seriously, and as the nation’s capital, we have a special obligation to lead the way on environmental issues,” Bowser said in a statement.

© iStock.com / SeanPavonePhoto

Washington, D.C. was named the first LEED for Cities Platinum city in the world late last month, which signifies a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as citywide support of developing clean energy solutions.

She also noted that the city’s commitment to finding sustainable solutions would remain unwavering, in hopes of building toward a more sustainable city.

LEED for Cities

Launched last year, LEED for Cities serves as a way for cities to measure performance and outcomes in sustainability ventures. The initiative also uses ARC, a digital platform, to both provide greater visibility in sustainability efforts and forecast benchmarks yet to be met.

Moving forward, according to the USGBC, tracking the city’s progress is of paramount importance in order to meet the goals of the Sustainable D.C. Plan, which strives to make the city the healthiest, greenest and most livable in the U.S., as well as meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Accord. To assist in these efforts, the city will be using Smarter D.C. to facilitate more open access to data.

“Washington, D.C., is setting the bar for smart cities all around the world by leveraging technology and data to achieve sustainability and resiliency goals, creating healthy and safe communities where citizens can thrive,” Ramanujam said.

“Mayor Bowser and the city are once again showing that our nation’s capital is performing at the highest levels and that its buildings, neighborhoods and communities are as sustainable as possible.”

Earlier this year, according to WAMU, and in light of President Donald J. Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord, Mayor Bowser indicated that D.C. would continue to strive toward the targets set by the agreement.

   

Tagged categories: Certifications and standards; Environmentally friendly; Green building; LEED; U.S. Green Building Council

Comment from Jesse Melton, (9/11/2017, 8:36 AM)

"...we have a special obligation to lead the way on environmental issues". That's great and all, but I'm sure the hordes of homeless in the city would prefer it if regular obligations were addressed first.

The city has a fleet of trucks that drive around and water the trees that will have to be cut down and replaced before the next President takes office as they're too big for their plots in the sidewalks. I'm sure there are plenty of green activities taking place, they're just blocked from view by the armada of idling, unoccupied, police cars sitting around the city.

Honestly, this makes me more than a little disappointed with the whole LEED thing. This has politically motivated written all over it. I don't like the current President either, but if LEED wants to be more than a cash machine for sustainability consultants they've got to stay above all the temporary political stuff. This was not a sustainable thing to do.


Comment from Jesse Melton, (9/11/2017, 8:54 AM)

I knew there was something wrong with the picture leading this article. It's fake. Or at least so heavily Photoshopped that it can be called an artist's impression.

There's not a single car on the highway, anywhere. The headlights, brake lights and a large number of the artificial lights are effects, not real.


Comment from M. Halliwell, (9/11/2017, 11:07 AM)

Jesse, it could be a real photo...on a very long exposure. Would only need a half dozen cars to make the light streaks.


Comment from Jesse Melton, (9/12/2017, 1:01 PM)

Michael, that's what I thought when I first saw it, but something kept nagging at me. There are no hotspots where vehicles slowed down. You would also expect to see interruptions in the paint lines at the same places, caused by the slowing car. The only way to make that picture is if the cars are traveling faster than light with the drivers foot on the brake. Besides, I drive through there several times a week and the only time there's not steady traffic is when it snows.

After being mildly chastised by the D+D Ministry of Information I revisited the image and I noted that some of the streetlights are on and some are off and it's occurring in horizontal bands across the image. That leads me to the conclusion the photo is a multiple exposure taken across the span of a couple of days. Which also explains the wonky colors on the buildings. The lights from the traffic are definitely added post capture though.


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