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Greensboro Hosts Two Community Engagement Meetings about LEED for Cities and Communities Program

Post Date:10/25/2019 2:30 PM

The City of Greensboro is hosting two community engagement meetings about its participation in the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED for Cities and Communities Program. At the meetings, City staff will present findings of its LEED for Cities documentation, review items identified as gaps or opportunities for improvement for the City, engage residents and partners in goal setting, and develop specific tasks for working groups.

First Meeting:
Date: Saturday, November 9 from 1-2:30 pm
Location: NC A&T State University, Academic Classroom Building, Room 109
Parking: Free parking is available in adjacent surface lot

Second Meeting:
Date: Thursday, November 14 from 6-7:30 pm
Location: UNCG, School of Education Building, Room 120
Parking: Free parking is available in the Oakland Parking Deck

In March, the City of Greensboro was selected as one of 15 US cities to receive a grant for training and technical assistance from the USGBC to become certified in the LEED for Cities and Communities sustainability rating system. In June, staff participated in a two-day workshop to learn more about the process of becoming certified and how to prepare the necessary data and documentation to demonstration current conditions and performance levels. The City held a stakeholders meeting to engage the community and introduce the process and timeline. On October 1, staff submitted the required data and documentation to USGBC.

The LEED certification process helps the City track and verify performance on a wide variety of sustainability indicators including energy, water, transportation, education, health and more. LEED for Cities provides a consistent rating system and independently verified data analysis, allowing comparison with local, regional and global peer cities.

Participating in the LEED for Cities program helps Greensboro achieve the City Council’s intention to become a leading city in resilience, sustainability and energy independence, and to meet or exceed the goals of Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order Number 80, NC’s commitment to address climate change and transition to clean, renewable energy. Becoming LEED-certified will help the City become more fiscally sustainable and better serve the community. LEED for Cities will also provide access to valuable tools for implementing Greensboro’s new Comprehensive Plan.

For more information about the LEED for Cities program, contact Jeff Sovich, senior planner with the City’s Planning Department, at 336-433-7264 or by email

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