City of Cleveland Achieves National Recognition with LEED Silver Certification

Cleveland, OH — (October 20th, 2021) – The City of Cleveland announced today that it has achieved LEED Silver certification. The City of Cleveland is part of a growing group to be certified using the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, was created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is the world’s most widely used green building rating system.

“Through my Sustainable Cleveland initiative, Cleveland has established a solid foundation to collaboratively address community needs through sustainability and climate action,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “The LEED for Cities and Communities rating system will help complement these efforts and allow the City to continue to track progress over time and identify priority areas and actions with the greatest impact.”

LEED is designed to help buildings, communities and cities achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health. The City of Cleveland achieved LEED Silver certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at improving sustainability and the standard of living for residents.

“We are excited to share our LEED Silver certification,” said Chief of Sustainability Jason Wood. “This national recognition is evidence of Cleveland’s long-standing commitment to improving quality of life through sustainability and climate action. We look forward to using the LEED for Cities framework to help build off this existing foundation and scale up efforts across the city.”

LEED enables Cleveland to measure and track outcomes and are evaluated against key metrics that include energy, water, waste, transportation, education, health, safety, prosperity and equitability. Cleveland joins a global network of more than 100 certified cities and communities.

“Cleveland’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous sustainability and climate leadership,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “LEED for Cities and Communities was created to help improve our living standard and ensure every citizen has access to healthy, green and high performing places and spaces. Cities and communities that achieve LEED certification develop responsible, sustainable and specific plans for green energy, water, waste, transportation and many other factors that contribute to quality of life, such as equity, education, resilience, infrastructure and more. Cleveland is a prime example of how innovative planning and collaboration can help achieve sustainability and resilience goals.”

Support for certification was provided through the LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership Program funded by Bank of America.

“Bank of America supports the LEED for Cities and Communities initiative because it helps cities like Cleveland build resilient and sustainable economies that benefit all citizens,” said Jeneen Marziani, President, Bank of America Cleveland.  “Through our lending and investing, we’re proud to continue our support to the Cleveland community in achieving this goal.”

The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability will be hosting two sessions on the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system and Cleveland’s Silver certification at the Sustainable Cleveland 2021 Virtual Summit on October 20th & 21st. For more information or to register for the Summit, visit:


About The City of Cleveland

The City of Cleveland is committed to improving the quality of life for its residents by strengthening neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing diversity and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, play, and do business. For more information on the City of Cleveland, visit online at, Twitter at @cityofcleveland or Facebook at

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a healthy, resilient and equitable future for all through the development of green buildings, cities and communities. For more than 20 years, USGBC has been advancing green building practices through the development of LEED, the world’s most widely used green building program. With the support of thousands of members, volunteers and partners, USGBC provides robust green building education courses, a rigorous professional credentialing program, and advocates for effective public policies. It convenes an international network of green building and sustainability leaders through the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and forward thinking programs, including the Center for Green Schools. For more information, visit and connect on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.