U.S. Green Building Council Announces City of Tampa to Join the 2020 LEED for Cities and Communities Grant Program

Posted
02/26/20
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Program Helps Address Climate Change, Resilience and Social Equity Challenges through LEED with Support from Bank of America

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creators of the LEED green building rating system, announced the City of Tampa is among 20 new cities and counties selected to participate in the 2020 LEED for Cities and Communities Grant Program. The program helps local governments committed to accelerating progress on climate change, resilience and social equity planning, measure and track performance using LEED.

Cities and counties participating in the 2020 program receive access to education resources and technical support as they pursue LEED certification. 

“Sustainability and Resilience are core tenets of our administration’s focus,” said City of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. “ The 2020 LEED for Cities and Communities Grant will allow us to more strategically and equitably plan for the effects of climate change while remaining laser-focused on deliverables that will ensure future generations can continue to enjoy our great city.” 

LEED for Cities and Communities gives planners, developers and local governments – large or small – a framework for implementing strategies to address energy, water, waste, pollution and carbon, and takes into account social and economic indicators, including health, equity, education, and prosperity. Through LEED, local leaders hone metrics around initiatives; benchmark performance relative to peers; and communicate to and educate stakeholders on progress. More than 100 cities and communities around the world have already achieved LEED certification.

“Local governments see the on-the-ground effects of a changing climate and how it impacts people, businesses and communities. They also understand that taking action can lead to a stronger economy and better quality of life for their residents,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “More than 160 cities and communities around the world are participating in LEED for Cities and Communities outside of the grant program and thanks to our partners at Bank of America, we are able to welcome even more into the LEED family. These cities and communities are committed to finding solutions that improve our living standard and are using LEED to ensure they are on a path of continuous improvement.”

Since 2018, Bank of America has provided $1.25 million in grant funding to the LEED for Cities and Communities program, supporting a total of 41 cities and counties to date. The company’s 2019 grant helped 15 cities and its 2018 grant supported six cities and communities. The 20 cities and counties selected for the 2020 program represent more than 10 million Americans in urban and rural communities around the country and include:

  • Abington Township, Pa.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Costa Mesa, Calif.
  • Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Johnson County, Kan.
  • Kane County, Ill.
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Miami Beach, Fla.
  • Miami-Dade County, Fla.
  • Middleton, Wis.
  • Nashua, N.H.
  • Newark, N.J.
  • Northampton, Mass.
  • Orange County, Fla.
  • Orange County, N.C.
  • Palm Beach County, Fla.
  • Santa Monica, Calif.
  • Sarasota, Fla.
  • Tampa, Fla.