Cleveland is a LEED Silver City!


The City of Cleveland is excited to announce that we have been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a LEED Silver certified city. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, was created by the USGBC and is the world’s most widely used green building rating system. LEED certification is often associated with buildings to ensure efficiency, environmental performance, and healthy spaces for the people who occupy them.


Like LEED for buildings, LEED for Cities and Communities provides a framework for cities to credibly track progress toward overall sustainability objectives and allows for comparison by and among communities around the world. The reporting platform helps local leaders create responsible, sustainable, and specific plans for natural systems, energy, water, waste, transportation, and many other factors that contribute to the quality of life.


Through Sustainable Cleveland, we have established a solid foundation to collaboratively address community needs through sustainability and climate action. The LEED for Cities and Communities rating system will help complement these efforts and allow the City to continue to track progress over time and identify priority areas and actions with the greatest impact.


See a snapshot of Cleveland’s LEED for Cities Score 



At the Sustainable Cleveland 2021 Virtual Summit, presenters shared highlights of how their organizations are leading in some of these LEED for Cities categories and participants shared their inputs on how we can collectively meet Cleveland’s climate action and sustainability goals.


Cleveland has recently completed its LEED for Cities certification and while we performed well in the Water Efficiency, Natural Systems and Ecology, Innovation, and Regional Priority impact categories, there is still much work to be done to reach our goal of a LEED platinum city. In this interactive session, we will dive into the areas where Cleveland needs to significantly scale up action in order to reach platinum certification.This session is part of a three-part series on Cleveland’s LEED for Cities certification and the Sustainable Cleveland Dashboard, which will explore our ongoing sustainability tracking and reporting efforts, and help collaboratively identify priority metrics to drive climate action.



Part 2: LEED for Cities: Planning for Platinum

Part 3: Sustainable Cleveland Dashboard: Measuring Our Progress in Becoming a Green City on a Blue Lake

City of Cleveland Press Release


Written by: Brittany Montgomery