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The City of Albuquerque Joins Program to Give Major Boost to Local Sustainability Efforts

U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Cities and Communities Program is Supported by Bank of America.

May 22, 2019

Today the City of Albuquerque announces its participation in the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED for Cities and Communities grant program. Through this program the City will gain financial assistance, educational resources and technical support throughout the LEED certification process that will boost our already strong commitment to sustainability. The next generation of green building must focus on the development of smart cities and resilient communities, and this certification will allow the City of Albuquerque to demonstrate leadership among cities and communities advancing a sustainable, healthy, and equitable way of life.

“The City of Albuquerque is proud to be among the cohorts receiving this opportunity. This award will greatly contribute to our goals for a sustainable future and allow us to tell a new story to the nation, as a sustainability champion for the Southwestern United States,” said David S. Campbell, Planning Director of the City of Albuquerque.

Mayor Tim Keller said, “The built environment contributes to greenhouse gas production in major ways. Our commitment to the environment and our ability to pass our way of life on to future generations of Albuquerque kids is getting a boost today. We are excited to continue making strides toward our sustainability goals.”

USGBC and Bank of America Charitable Foundation launched the LEED for Cities and Communities grant program with six U.S. cities in 2018 and today USGBC (May 22 Press Release) expanded the program to 15 more cities and communities. 

“To realize a sustainable future for all, today’s cities and communities must strive to be green, resilient, inclusive and smart,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “The LEED for Cities and Communities certification programs give leaders a framework for planning, designing, measuring and managing the social, economic and environmental performance of the places where they live, work, learn and play. With support from Bank of America, we will empower these grant recipients to deliver a higher living standard for their residents.”

Learn more about the USGBC LEED for Cities and Communities programs.