As one of the 75 STAR-certified cities and counties in the U.S., Dubuque was recently named a LEED-Certified City.
STAR stands for Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities. STAR Communities is a national framework for measuring and advancing local government’s environmental, economic, and community efforts to achieve sustainability. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, for Cities is a program from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that advances healthy, green, and economically strong cities and communities.
LEED for Cities and Communities is helping to accelerate the leadership now being shown by city and community leaders. LEED helps cities and communities benchmark current performance, track performance metrics, communicate continuous improvement, educate residents, visitors, and business owners to demonstrate commitment to sustainability, human health, and economic prosperity. As a result, local governments are becoming laboratories of innovation and leadership, and have an enormous opportunity to initiate a dynamic dialogue with citizens – and earn their trust in the process.
Cities and communities face many challenges in this day and age and citizens are demanding more transparency and information about the places where they live, work, learn, and play. LEED for Cities and Communities addresses these concerns on a global scale.