USGBC and partner Bank of America are pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2023 LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership Program. This program supports U.S. local governments committed to certifying in the LEED for Cities rating system who also see value in the peer-to-peer networking and collaboration that comes with participation in a national cohort.
The goal of the one-year program is to help local governments get organized, set goals, collect data and apply for LEED for Cities certification. Certification has many benefits, including serving as a springboard for civic engagement, cross-agency coordination, integrated budgeting and performance management, partnerships with philanthropy, and economic development.
Over the past five years, nearly 80 cities, towns and counties of all sizes and backgrounds have participated in the program; more than half of them have certified, and others are progressing through the review process. View past cohort participants.
“This program connects us to a network of colleagues in other cities, creates a direct relationship between our city and USGBC/GBCI staff, and helps us see firsthand other cities' approaches to sustainability issues," shared a recent program participant.
The competitive program accepts applications through Feb. 24. Selected local governments will be notified in March, with the program formally commencing April 1.
Participants will commence the program with a multiday digital training open to staff, elected or appointed officials, community stakeholders, and other partners. This serves as an opportunity to network with other participants and receive an orientation to the tools and resources that will be used to achieve certification. Throughout the program year, participants will continue to network in small groups, as well as participate in monthly cohort calls. Speakers from partner organizations, such as the National League of Cities and World Resources Institute, will join these calls.
USGBC staff will support local governments as they submit for certification and announce their results. Resources are provided post-certification as well, so that local governments are equipped with the tools they need to act on results, prioritize investments and communicate impact.
- Open call for applications: Monday, Dec. 12, 2022
- Deadline to apply: Friday, Feb. 24, 2023 at 5 p.m. ET
- Decisions announced: On or around Friday, March 10, 2023
- Official program year: April 1, 2023 through March 31, 2024