The list of LEED for Cities continues to expand, demonstrating officials’ commitment to sustainable growth and progress. One of the latest cities to join the ranks of USGBC’s prized award is Frederick, Md., which received the basic LEED-Certified recognition with a total of 48 points.
The USGBC reviewed several plans the City of Frederick has put in place, targeting sustainability, carbon reduction, disaster preparedness, electrical vehicles, stream restoration, historic preservation, composting and recycling initiatives, as well as the watershed master plan and Frederick Community Action Agency services.
Performance indicators review by category consists of the following categories:
- Energy – six points
- Water – eight points
- Waste – eight points
- Human experience – 16 points
- Strategy – 10 points
To achieve this sustainable status, the city is purchasing renewable energy credits and continues to upgrade its lights to LEDs. At the same time, Frederick County was also awarded a LEED Silver certification.