Maren Taylor
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Learn how green building holistically supports sustainable cities and communities.

The 11th Sustainable Development Goal, “Sustainable Cities and Communities,” is to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Urbanization is happening at a rapid pace in cities around the globe, creating acute environmental, social and economic challenges in these growing urban areas. SDG 11 aims to address these challenges through targets that

  • Ensure access to adequate, safe and affordable housing.
  • Provide access to green space, reduce air pollution.
  • Prepare for weather-related risks.

In many ways, our mission at USGBC echoes the goals and targets of SDG 11. We want to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling a socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves quality of life for all.

Many credit categories in LEED directly address sustainable cities and communities. For example, LEED’s Sustainable Sites category promotes patterns of development that preserve natural systems and help combat urban sprawl. The Location and Transportation category addresses a key element of inclusive cities: access to accessible and affordable transportation. Plus, LEED’s new resilient design pilot credit rewards projects for addressing risks and vulnerabilities to both natural and human-caused disasters.

Going beyond an individual building, the new LEED for Cities and Communities rating system is directly connected to the goals of SDG 11. The rating system looks at the economic, environmental and social health of a city or community and provides a clear means for tracking progress, to provide a better quality of life of all residents.

Many of USGBC and GBCI’s other rating systems and initiatives have a direct connection to SDG 11 and its goals of creating safe, resilient and inclusive cities across the globe. To learn more about the work at USGBC and GBCI and how they support SDG 11, read the brief on our website.

Read our brief on SDG 11