BLOOMINGTON - The city of Bloomington has announced its participation in the U.S. Green Building Council LEED for Cities and Communities grant program. The city says it will receive financial assistance, educational resources and technical support when it becomes a certified city in the program.

LEED certification is based on  need, leadership support, commitment to data-driven decision-making, staff capacity and coordination with other local initiatives. 

Representatives from Bloomington will attend a two-day orientation at USGBC headquarters in Washington, D.C., in June. There, they will go through training and develop an action plan for the upcoming year. 

“Bloomington demonstrates our commitment to sustainability on multiple fronts -- from our efforts to increase renewable energy generation, expand our trail infrastructure, maintain a safe water supply and other environmental initiatives, to furthering equity and economic development,” said Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton in a news release.  “Achieving LEED certification will provide a nationally recognized framework for our practices and promote our identity as a sustainability leader.”