LEED for Cities, USGBC's pilot certification system, is a dynamic assessment tool for increasing sustainability and quality of life at both the city and community levels. Delivered through Arc, the metrics you measure in LEED for Cities gives you the flexibility to set goals, leverage standards and implement strategies that are appropriate for the specific challenges you face in your local area.
Armed with this innovative framework, city leaders can share performance data to track progress in achieving their goals. By measuring this progress, cities can evaluate the effectiveness of current strategies with a feedback loop for improving urban planning and policymaking with an agile, evidence-based strategy. Your city or community can also benchmark itself against other world cities and achieve LEED certification.
Building a new generation of high-performance cities
In the short time since our LEED for Cities launch, 55 cities and communities around the globe have already begun testing the pilot.
One of the first to apply for precertification is the "smart" city of Songdo, South Korea, which currently boasts more than 22 million square feet of LEED-certified space. The city also has a district co-generation energy grid, below-grade pneumatic waste removal with central waste handling and recycling, numerous mass transit options and over 100 km of bike paths. In addition, a full 40 percent of Songdo's land use is green space.
Other international projects under way include the LEED Performance Challenge-winning city of Surat in India; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Medini Iskandar in Malaysia, a planned smart city near Singapore. The cites of Belgrade, Serbia; Munich, Germany; and Savona, Italy are also taking steps toward LEED for Cities.
A major landmark community in New York City, the Shanghai HongQiao District, has registered for LEED for Communities, and two special economic zones, KHED city and Sri city in India, are also considering registering under the program.
In the United States, communities are equally eager. Among those in progress are the cities of Newark, New Jersey; Denver, Colorado; and Schenectady, New York.
The market leader in holistic sustainability
The LEED green building rating system is the most widely used in the world. Every day, more than 2.2 million square feet of space certifies to LEED standards, and the international demand continues to grow—LEED is currently in use in more than 165 countries and territories. It's part of a global movement in sustainability, economic development, data transparency and human wellness.
As the best-in-class solution to the unique needs of thousands of cities and communities all over the world, LEED for Cities also gives you the tools to track progress on your local clean air and climate commitments.
How to get started with LEED for Cities
- Learn more about the requirements for LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities.
- Check out our quick video overview of using LEED for Cities.
- Watch our video on LEED for Cities and Communities on the Arc YouTube channel.