The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the city of Bloomington LEED certification for its efforts to operate in a sustainable and “green” manner. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used green building rating system.
Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton says the city achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at improving sustainability and the standard of living for residents.
“As we work toward recovery from the pandemic and recession, our policies and investments must intentionally and thoroughly integrate and manifest our concerns for environmental, economic, and social justice,” said Hamilton.
Some of the criteria on which Bloomington’s sustainability was rated included water efficiency, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, quality of life, and transportation and land use.
“Cities and communities that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment and striving to improve the quality of life for their residents,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and chief executive officer, USGBC. “Bloomington is setting a standard for what it means to be a high performer and their efforts and achievements should be an example for all.”
In 2019, Bloomington was one of 21 U.S. cities to receive a LEED grant to help the community pursue accreditation.
Since that time, the grant program has provided financial assistance, educational resources and technical support.