Arlington County Remains at Highest Green Building Status

Published on October 02, 2023

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Arlington has achieved LEED® Platinum certification. Again.

Arlington County was among 54 American and international jurisdictions to submit applications this year, and one of only four applicants certified at Platinum level. Arlington remains the only such recognized community in Northern Virginia and among just 7% worldwide that have attained Platinum status.

Arlington LEED-certified buildings include schools, community centers, libraries and office buildings.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used rating system for building design, waste generated, water and energy use, and related factors.

The County was named the first Platinum level community under the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as part of its LEED pilot program in 2017, but the criteria for this year was much higher.

Expanding on the industry-leading grading standards, LEED for Cities and Communities helps local governments measure and manage progress in their sustainability portfolios, in pursuit of a more sustainable, resilient and equitable future including becoming carbon-neutral.

"Achieving the highest level of LEED certification acknowledges Arlington County’s commitments and successful outcomes toward sustainability, resilience and social equity," said Christian Dorsey, Chair of the Arlington County Board.

Through the certification program, Arlington was evaluated on its open-space planning, solid-waste management, stormwater management, affordable-housing planning and public schools — the key areas measured for social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Arlington County achieved LEED certification through long-time policies, programs and initiatives that created its acclaimed and thriving “urban village” environment.

"The work of cities and communities such as Arlington County is a driving force in ensuring a more sustainable future for all,” said Peter Templeton, President & CEO, USGBC. "Local governments that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment and striving to improve the quality of life for their residents. Arlington County is setting a standard for what it means to be a high performer and their efforts and achievements should be an example for all."

Arlington County is part of a global network of more than 300 LEED-certified cities and communities.

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