Hilari Varnadore
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LEED v4.1 for Cities and Communities is the result of a decade of worldwide engagement with stakeholders.

LEED was built upon the concept that all people should have access to green buildings in which to to live, learn, work and play. What started as a rating system geared toward commercial buildings and interiors has expanded, over the past 20 years, to include schools, homes, historical structures, health care facilities and even entire neighborhoods. But is that enough?

A new way forward for all people

The next step is to scale up and truly include everyone. Over the past several years, we have been expanding our work to include cities and communities. The next generation of green building will seamlessly integrate buildings into these localities to ensure a sustainable future for all, a new way forward for the growth of resilient, green, inclusive and smart cities.

In order to scale globally, it is critical that all cities measure and improve performance. Our LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities rating systems address this, by providing a framework for measuring, managing and improving the performance for economies, the environment and people. Today, we announced the latest version of this rating system—the launch of LEED v4.1 for Cities and Communities.

Working with partners around the globe

The LEED v4.1 for Cities and Communities rating systems are the result of a decade of engagement with local sustainability leaders, planners, city and local government officials and developers. During the development of LEED v4.1, we worked with over 140 city and community projects around the world to raise the stakes.

Through listening sessions, live events, webinars and one-on-one conversations, we sought the feedback of a wide range of stakeholders to find out what was important to them. We used this feedback to develop credits, strategies and thresholds that celebrate the work being done and that set high targets for performance. Our mission brought us here—and our partnership with the market will continue to take LEED for Cities and Communities to the next level.

To formalize this partnership, we've established the LEED for Cities and Communities Working Group. The Working Group will advise on global, city-scale, urban sustainability issues across the organization’s programs, policies and products and support the development, deployment and evolution of the LEED for Cities and Communities programs. This group will help continue to envision a new way forward for resilient, green, inclusive and smart cities around the globe.

LEED for Cities and Communities Working Group

  • Rosanne Albright, City of Phoenix, Arizona
  • Lucia Athens, City of Austin, Texas
  • Uwe Brandes, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • Bill Browning, Terrapin Bright Green, Washington, D.C.
  • Cliff Cook, City of Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Maia Davis, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Washington, D.C.
  • Jill Horwitz, County of Broward, Florida
  • Laura Jackson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, North Carolina
  • Karen Klepack, Southern California Edison, California
  • Aurore Larson, Bechtel Corporation, Virginia
  • Johanna Leonard, City of Evanston, Illinois
  • Dongjing Lu, Beijing Building Technology Development Company, China
  • Jasmin Moore, City of Lawrence, Kansas
  • Lili Pan, Trend, China
  • Olimpia Pantelimon, Government of Alberta, Canada
  • Piero Pelizzaro, Milan Municipality, Italy
  • Sumedha Rao, Entegrity, India
  • Chris Rhie, Buro Happold, California
  • Peter Stair, KEO International, Canada
  • Emma Thomas, LendLease, California
  • Jerry Tinianow, City/County of Denver, Colorado
  • Joel Ann Todd, Joel Ann Todd Consulting, Maryland
  • Dalmo Vieira Filho, Petinelli, Brazil
  • Walker Wells, Raimi + Associates, California
  • Yinying Zhou, SOM Shanghai, China

Learn more about LEED for Cities and Communities