Five years after the launch of LEED v4.1 for Cities and Communities, dozens of cities, towns and counties around the globe have certified using the Existing Cities adaptation.

The scalability and flexibility of the rating system has allowed a diversity of places to certify. Yet, as more and more places assess and explore LEED for Cities and Communities, a few common myths have arisen. Here’s the truth about those concerns.

Myths and facts

Myth: The LEED for Cities and Communities certification focuses on certifying all buildings in a city.

Fact: While there is a green building credit in the rating system, LEED for Cities and Communities moves beyond single buildings, to comprehensively assess the sustainability of an entire city. Through a triple bottom line approach to sustainability, program participants evaluate things such as access to green spaces, public health indicators, climate action and resilience, and environmental justice.

This holistic assessment of sustainability provides cities with data and tools to measure sustainability comprehensively. Results from the certification process demonstrate leadership and identify areas for improvement.

Myth: LEED for Cities and Communities is only for large, dense urban places. Read more