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Italian City is First in Europe to Register for USGBC’s LEED for Cities
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SAVONA, Italy -- The USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc., the organization that certifies all LEED projects globally, have announced that Savona, Italy, home to more than 62,000 people, is the first city in Europe registering for its LEED for Cities program.

LEED for Cities combines sustainability, social equity and human experience with technology and analytics, and is based on LEED – the world's most widely used program for green buildings and communities.

LEED for Cities provides cities with a framework for measuring and managing the performance of water consumption, energy use, human experience, waste and transportation. LEED for Cities is administered through GBCI's Arc performance platform.

"The city of Savona is committed to making measurable progress that we will share with others so that we can serve as a model for other cities that are looking to participate in LEED for Cities," said Mayor Ilaria Caprioglio, City of Savona.

"Cities face many challenges in this day and age – citizens are demanding more transparency and information about the places where they live, work, learn and play," said Kay Killmann, managing director of the new GBCI Europe office. "And now more than ever, local governments are laboratories of innovation and social problem solving."

LEED for Cities is a framework that provides both citizens and their leaders with a detailed view of citywide performance.

Francesca Galati and Daniele Guglielmino, the LEED APs who advocated LEED for Cities to the City of Savona, said, "LEED for Cities represents a unique opportunity to grow awareness about health, wellness and sustainability at the urban scale, and Savona will become the case study for the European Region."

The European market has been a particular focus for USGBC and GBCI. In April 2017, GBCI Europe was launched to further facilitate the growth of a sustainable built environment locally and across the globe. GBCI's expansion into Europe will help facilitate the growth and advocacy of LEED, and GBCI's other sustainability programs in the European region. The new office will also provide local, on-the-ground support to clients in the region and improve access to GBCI's sustainability programs and resources.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

For more information, visit usgbc.org.

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