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Scottsdale Joins 2023 LEED For Cities Leadership Program Cohort

A Greener Future Awaits

Interesting news. Recently, Scottsdale was selected to join the 2023 LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership Program cohort. This emphasizing its commitment to creating a greener, more eco-friendly environment. With the rising popularity of Scottsdale, density is increasing. New vertical developments are planned. And it has some concerned. Combined with the green features Optima has planned for their next development (more on that later), this is GOOD news.

LEED For Cities: A Commitment To Sustainability

The LEED for Cities program, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), aims to improve sustainability, resilience, and quality of life. With Scottsdale joining the cohort, our city is dedicated to setting and tracking goals for a better future. Who wouldn't love that?

Optima McDowell Mountain Village

The upcoming Optima McDowell Mountain Village project is another testament to Scottsdale's commitment to sustainable living. This $1 billion project, to be built at Scottsdale Road and the 101 in North Scottsdale, will feature:

  • Sustainable features that reduce energy costs and waste
  • Net water neutrality for the first 10 years
  • Over 100 trees in an open park-like setting
  • A 14-foot-wide pedestrian path connecting to the Scottsdale Bicycle Master Plan

Isn't that fantastic? As Scottsdale focuses on the Bicycle Master Plan, it cuts down on emissions, promoting a cleaner, healthier environment for all of us. Good times.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the LEED for Cities program?

A: LEED for Cities is a program developed by the USGBC to help local governments set goals, collect data, and validate their performance through LEED certification. Ultimately, improving sustainability, resilience, and quality of life.

Q: How does Scottsdale joining the 2023 LEED for Cities cohort benefit the city?

A: By joining the program, Scottsdale is committed to creating a greener and more sustainable environment for its residents. This helps attract new economic activity, improves air and water quality, and much more.

Q: What is the Optima McDowell Mountain Village project?

A: Optima McDowell Mountain Village is a $1 billion development in North Scottsdale. It is planned to feature sustainable design elements, net water neutrality, green spaces, and connections to the Scottsdale Bicycle Master Plan.

The 13 New Cities

This year, the LEED for Cities Leadership Program has welcomed 13 new cities to its cohort, which encompasses a population of nearly 3.5 million Americans. The latest cities to join the program are:

  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • Colorado Springs & Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Plano, Texas
  • San Diego, California
  • Lantana, Largo, North Miami, & Palm Coast, Florida
  • South Bend, Indiana

The inclusion of these cities brings the total number of local governments with LEED for Cities certification to 125, showcasing the growing dedication of communities across the United States to sustainable development, resilience, and equity.

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Benefits Of The LEED For Cities Cohort

Moreover, participating in the LEED for Cities program brings a wealth of benefits to cities like Scottsdale. One significant advantage is the opportunity to tap into a network of like-minded cities. This enables the exchange of valuable ideas, best practices, and experiences. This peer-to-peer network fosters collaboration and accelerates progress towards shared sustainability goals. Furthermore, cities participating in the program can leverage their LEED certification to attract federal grant funding.

These funds support initiatives aimed at bolstering community resilience and promoting social equity, ensuring that our city continues to thrive in an ever-changing world while leaving no one behind. By participating in the LEED for Cities program, Scottsdale stands to gain not only environmentally but also socially and economically. This helps create a bright and sustainable future for all residents. Many of us here at WLH included.

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