Recipient of the LEED for cities Platinum award
Washington, DC at the Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial during the spring cherry blossom season. Recipient of the LEED for Cities Platinum award

Washington DC has received the leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) for Cities Platinum award, the first time in the world that this award has been given.Muriel Bowser, mayor of the city said: “It is in the best interest of Washington DC’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."

The award recognises the "outcomes, rather than intent, of the city’s leadership in creating a sustainable and resilient built environment, which includes: reducing greenhouse gas emissions; supporting clean energy innovation; and focusing on inclusive prosperity and livability in all eight wards."

“We are proud to be recognised as the world’s first LEED Platinum city. Our commitment to these issues will not yield, and we look forward to continuing to build a greener, more resilient, and more sustainable DC.”

According to Smart Cities World, as the most widely used green building rating system globally, LEED is designed to help achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health. Launched last year, LEED for Cities allow cities to measure and communicate performance in an outcomes-based environment, measuring a variety of elements including energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience such as education, prosperity, equity and health and safety.

[quote]According to Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), “Washington, DC 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."

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

The Smart DC plan, part of the Bowser administration, looks to leverage technology to deliver a more sustainable, resilient and healthy city. The plan has seen significant improvements to DC, with 65% of neighbourhoods now walkable, 58% of commuter trips being made by bike, walking or public transport and the DC government being 100% powered by renewable energy. The ultimate aim is to provide 50% of the city's electricity from renewable resources by 2032.