The US Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Bank of America has provided an additional $500,000 grant to the LEED for Cities and Communities program, which helps local governments pursue LEED certification and provides access to educational resources and technical support. This is Bank of America’s third grant supporting the program. The new funding will assist 20 additional city and county recipients as they pursue LEED certification to address climate change, resilience and social equity challenges in their region.

“Local governments see the on-the-ground effects of a changing climate and how it impacts people, businesses and communities. They also understand that taking action can lead to a stronger economy and better quality of life for their residents,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “More than 160 cities and communities around the world are participating in LEED for Cities and Communities outside of the grant program and thanks to our partners at Bank of America, we are able to welcome even more into the LEED family. These cities and communities are committed to finding solutions that improve our living standard and are using LEED to ensure they are on a path of continuous improvement.”

Cities and counties selected for the 2020 program represent more than 10 million Americans in urban and rural areas around the country. Since 2018, Bank of America has provided USD 1.25 million to this program, supporting a total of 41 US cities and communities to date as they pursue certification.

“USGBC is a leader in driving positive change through its LEED certification program, helping to create more sustainable solutions for cities, communities and businesses,” said Alex Liftman, Global Environmental executive at Bank of America.