The U. S. capital, Washington D.C. was not appear more maintainable than other major city, on a work day. The streets in the city were parked with cars, lights in the offices were flickering long after employees have left the office, stark economies divides persist between neighbourhoods. However, experts stated that something was working in Washington, D.C. beneath the surface.
Under the global sustainability programme titled Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for cities those measure performance on waste management, energy use, life quality, transport and water, Washington D. C. was the first to receive top platinum certification, in August. Further, in December, Washington was followed by Phoenix.
The LEED for cities agenda that celebrated its 1st birth anniversary last month, is a growth of the most widely utilized rating system for green buildings in the world. Apropos a study on the global environmental testing, inspection and certification market developed by a market research firm, Future Market Insights, the market is likely to surpass US$ 23 Bn value by 2026-end.
Cities gaining top marks with LEED could serve as a model for officials globally seeking to prove investors and others that their places are green, clean and often best quality life, according to experts.
In Dec, 2017 the country across Potomac River, Arlington received the 1st top certification under other year-old framework, LEED for Communities that is similar to cities’ framework however, covers various geographical scales. Organisers stated that there will be more certification in the year 2018 owing to increasing interest from Paris Agreement on climate change rejected by Donald Trump, U.S. President, which has paved the way for local governments to step up as leaders to care the planet. Over 100 cities across the globe have expressed interest in this programme.
The senior vice president of Green Building Council, U. S., Roger Platt that established LEED, stated that Asian associates including India and China, advised LEED’s initial concentration on buildings was too slender for speed and breadth at which cities are transmuting.
LEED for cities tracks changes how the city is performing over fourteen metrics. It utilizes an online platform to help cities compare and analyse their progress, concentrating outcomes rather than pledges. Mr. Platt stated that they are at the stage where plenty of information on numerous strategies to be cleaner.
He further stated that the things those were missing and their strategies to do were much rigorous and disciplined system for determining whether the use of these strategies is actually creating measurable enhancement. The top certification provided to Washington by LEED exhibited the swift progress they had made in recent years.
It reduced carbon emission by nearly 3rd to 11.9 tonnes per capita between 2006 and 2013. Also, water consumption decreased by over 13 % in recent 5 years. Now-a-days the city recycles almost half of its waste which is more than twice the New York City’s rate.
Under the LEED metrics, Washington is also doing best on social equity that compresses city’s distribution and affordability of wealth. Washington D.C. was an early adopter of strategic plans considering sustainability and requirement of information to track progress.