District named first LEED Platinum city in the world

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh toured Mann Elementary — which won LEED Gold certification — on Aug. 7 as part of her annual school readiness tour. (Grace Bird/The Current/August 2017)

The District has been named the first LEED Platinum city in the world by the U.S. Green Building Council, according to a release from Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used rating system for eco-friendly “green” buildings. Last year, the council launched LEED for Cities, which focuses on outcomes from ongoing sustainability efforts across a variety of metrics, including energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience, such as education, prosperity, equity, and health and safety.

The certification recognizes the District for creating a sustainable and resilient built environment, which includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, supporting clean energy innovation and focusing on inclusive prosperity and livability across all wards, according to the release.

The release also cites several environmental achievements the Bowser administration has achieved since the mayor took office in January 2015.

The city has released the Climate Ready DC plan; entered into one of the largest municipal onsite solar projects in the country; completed the largest wind power purchase agreement deal of its kind by a U.S. city; launched the Sustainable DC 2.0 initiative; and pledged to uphold the commitments of the Paris Climate Accord.