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Denver Receives LEED for Cities Platinum Certification

DENVER – In recognition of the exemplary sustainability performance demonstrated by the City and County of Denver, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has certified the city as LEED Platinum under the organizations LEED for Cities program. In a ceremony this morning, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the USGBC, presented Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Jerry Tinianow, the city’s Chief Sustainability Officer, with the city’s certification plaque.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the work that Denver is doing to push our city forward in addressing the real issues of climate change and working toward a more affordable, reliable and sustainable future in everything from energy and transportation to education and health,” Mayor Hancock said. “Being certified Platinum in the USGBC’s LEED for Cities program is one more step we’re taking as a city to affect change at the local level and support greater equity for our residents and neighborhoods.”

“No other organization has a worldwide reputation like USGBC and such a focus on continuous improvement. Receiving a platinum rating from USGBC, and being one of the first cities to do so, shows that the city and community of Denver are true leaders in sustainability, but it doesn’t stop here,” Tinianow said. “We are committed to the recertification process and look forward to collaborating with local partners to continue our leadership role.”

Denver was rated on a variety of measures, including its Climate Action Plan, vehicle miles traveled and mobility data, water efficiency and quality planning, green infrastructure, waste management and more to receive this certification. The USGBC also highlighted Denver’s 2020 Sustainability goals, 80x50 emissions reduction commitment, and push for 100 percent renewable electricity in the city by 2030.

LEED for Cities certification demonstrates Denver’s commitment to sustainable growth and progress, and provides a platform for the city and to communicate its overall sustainability goals and performance to key stakeholders and the broader community.

LEED for Cities certification for citywide sustainability can be earned at four levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Denver is the 11th community worldwide to be certified Platinum.