To realize a sustainable future for all, the next generation of green building must focus on the development of smart cities and resilient communities. To further that goal, USGBC and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation have created the LEED for Cities and Communities Grant Program to provide support to a cohort of local governments pursuing certification under the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system.
The program will build capacity among local governments in pursuing LEED certification and using certification results to improve community conditions. At least 14 U.S. cities and counties will be selected to receive award packages valued at approximately $25,000 each.
Applications will be evaluated on demonstrated need, leadership support, commitment to data-driven decision-making, staff capacity and coordination with other local initiatives.
All recipients will receive an award package including
- One annual USGBC Silver membership;
- LEED for Cities and Communities registration and certification;
- Access to the Arc reporting platform to encourage city/county continuous improvement and ability to explore opportunities for managed/owned affordable housing units;
- A two-day, in-person orientation workshop with other selected communities for two local government officials/staff;
- One registration to attend the Greenbuild Conference and Expo and the Communities and Affordable Homes
- Summit in Atlanta in November 2019; and
- Access to online education resources, USGBC technical assistance and monthly conference calls.