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100 US cities are certified as meeting energy-efficiency and green standards

Atlanta has become the 100th US city to receive a LEED for Cities and Communities certification of sustainability. To obtain LEED certification, the city was evaluated according to multiple quality of life criteria, including environment, infrastructure, sustainable resource use and more.

Thanks to a strategy adopted in 2017 (Resilient Atlanta) as part of the 100 Resilient Cities programme, Atlanta was bestowed the status of Resilient City. The strategy included three major components: the Clean Energy Plan, the Electric Car Sharing Programme and a partnership with Georgia Tech. 

In 2016, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched the nationwide 100 Resilient Cities programme to assess and track progress in deploying sustainability initiatives. Since its launch, the USGBC has consulted fifteen cities and provided them with financial aid to the amount of 500,000 USD from Bank of America. 

In 2017, under the 100 Resi­lient Ci­ties programme, the Atlanta government developed a strategy for the city's sustainable development named Resilient Atlanta, which was the key to obtaining LEED certification. 

The city also adopted other initiatives bundled with the strategy. For exa­mple, in collaboration with the National Association of City Transportation Officials, it developed a master plan for the deployment of micro mobility tools, which will reduce harmful emissions while significantly expanding the transit system.

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LEED certification is a well-known sustainability standard. Cities may be certified if they meet pre-set standards for sustainable development and quality of life. The purpose of LEED for Cities and Communities is to assist in the comprehensive assessment of sustainable development and to build a foundation for taking further steps in this direction.

The programmes adopted as part of Resilient Atlanta strategy

The Clean Energy Plan 

Its purpose is to create a plan to achieve 100% clean power generation for the city.

Atlanta's Electric Car Sharing Programme 

Two years ago, the Atlanta city council unanimously adopted a binding resolution for developers to deploy infrastructure that would support electric car battery chargers in all new residential and commercial facilities. The electric car sharing programme will be able to provide transportation for low-mobility residents and those without personal vehicles.

Georgia Tech Partnership Programme 

Thanks to technologies developed in Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), city residents will be able to interact with one other through a digital platform that unites neighborhood communities to solve multiple issues.

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