Iowa City is one of 75 STAR-certified cities and counties that has joined the family of LEED for Cities and Communities.
The City received a 4-STAR Community Rating for sustainability excellence in 2016. The STAR Community Rating System is now under the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and has merged into the LEED for Cities, which is a global program that advances healthy, green and economically strong cities and communities. As a member, Iowa City will continue to benchmark its current performance, focus on targeted metrics to achieve continuous improvement, and demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, human health, and economic prosperity.
“Our STAR certification has provided a great foundation for future work with the U.S. Green Building Council, and we look forward to continuing to openly track and communicate our continued social, economic and environmental performance so the Iowa City community can see our progress,” Mayor Jim Throgmorton said.
LEED for Cities and Communities helps highlight current performance, track metrics, communicate continuous improvement, educate residents, visitors and business owners to demonstrate commitment to sustainability, human health and economic prosperity. As a result, local governments are becoming laboratories of innovation and leadership, and have an enormous opportunity to initiate a dynamic dialogue with the public and earn their trust in the process.
Mayor Jim Throgmorton stands with the LEED City designation