Official City of Coral Gables Press Release
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that the City of Coral Gables has achieved LEED for Cities Gold certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the
world’s most widely used green building rating system.
“Coral Gables is looking to create a more resilient and sustainable City Beautiful for current and future generations,” said Mayor Vince Lago. “This certification demonstrates our commitment to sustainability, human health, and economic prosperity.”
The city achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions to improve sustainability and residents’ standard of living. LEED is designed to help buildings, communities, and cities achieve high performance in key human and environmental health areas. The city has undergone many changes to meet these standards, including but not limited to:
• Acquiring a Green Fleet of electric vehicles and installing charging stations for both public and private use.
• Implementing and promoting multiple forms of public transportation (trolley, electric scooters, Freebee) that promote the reduction of fuel emissions.
• Creating the Green Business Program to award local businesses that help reduce energy, water, fuel consumption, and waste while increasing recycling efforts, alternative transportation and sustainability education and outreach.
• Establishing a sea level rise mitigation fund that currently has almost $10 million allocated in the fund with a goal to set aside $100 million by 2040.
“The work of cities and communities such as Coral Gables is a driving force in ensuring a more sustainable future for all,” said Peter Templeton, interim president and CEO, USGBC. “Cities that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment, and striving to improve the quality of life for their residents. Coral Gables is setting a standard for what it means to be a high performer and their efforts and achievements should be an example for all.”
This designation enables Coral Gables to measure and track outcomes that are evaluated against key metrics such as energy, water, waste, transportation, education, health, safety, prosperity, and equitability. Coral Gables joins a global network of nearly 150 certified cities and communities.