LEED for Cities & Communities Expands

During Greenbuild 2018last week in Chicago, the USGBCannounced that the STAR Community Rating System, which offers certification for sustainable communities, will be fully integrated into USGBC’s own LEED for Citiesand LEED for Communitiesprograms. We were curious to learn more about LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities programs, so we met with Vatsal Bhatt, Director of Cities & Communities at USGBC, during Greenbuild. LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities proports to be at the intersection where smart cities meet sustainability. Launched two years ago as a pilot program, the certifications intend to provide third-party verification of the current performance of built-out cities and communities. Here is what USGBC’s LEED for Cities microsite expresses: “The LEED for Cities certification program is revolutionizing city planning, development and operations, while also improving life for citizens around the world. Using the Arc performance platform, LEED for Cities projects can measure and manage their city’s …