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Cities embrace LEED to emphasize their commitment to resilience.

As the consequences of climate change become more severe and disruptive to communities across the country, cities have emerged as leaders in resilience planning. In order to implement their strategies, cities often must explore all opportunities for financing, including potential public-private partnerships.

New ideas and new partnerships

In summer 2018, USGBC co-hosted the fourth annual Resilient Cities Summit, alongside the National League of Cities and the Urban Land Institute, over two days in Manhattan Beach, California. Mayors, senior city officials and experts on infrastructure, sustainability and community engagement convened to discuss best practices, success stories and obstacles, all in the name of enhancing city-level resilience.

The recently finalized report covering the 2018 summit offers a summary of the session programming and related discussions. Presenters included keynote speaker Mami Hara, general manager of Seattle Public Utilities, who examined how community-based public-private partnerships can support projects aimed at strengthening resilience as well as mitigating climate and social inequity.

Check out the 2018 Resilient Cities Summit report.

Leading with LEED on resilience

Participation in the 2018 summit highlighted city-level efforts in resilience and sustainability. A common thread was how the summit cities use LEED and LEED for Cities as key strategies for performance tracking and citizen engagement in citywide sustainability endeavors.

Contributing to the discussion was Ravinder Bhalla, Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, whose city was recently certified as the first in the state to attain LEED Gold. Other officials hailing from LEED-certified cities included Councilmember David Bobzien of Reno, Nevada, and Mayor Pro Tem Temeika Devine of Columbia, South Carolina. LEED-certified cities like these have demonstrated success in several areas of resilience, including sustainability, infrastructure, energy and equity.

Learn more about LEED for Cities and Committees.

Several elected officials participating in the summit represent cities that have adopted LEED policies, positioning them well to strengthen their overall resilience. These include two mayors in California: Thomas Small of Culver City and Pauline Cutter of San Leandro.

USGBC continues to support enhanced resilience in cities through LEED for Cities, LEED for individual projects and platforms for education and policy. For more on USGBC’s role in resilience, check out our Center for Resilience and our policy brief "Resilient by Design."

Read the full 2018 Resilient Cities Summit report