The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creators of the LEED green building rating system, announced this week that Johnson County Government is one of only 20 cities and counties in the country selected to participate in the 2020 LEED for Cities and Communities Grant Program. The program helps local governments that are committed to accelerating progress on climate change, resilience and social equity planning, to measure and track performance using USGBC guidelines.
Cities and counties participating in the 2020 program receive access to education resources and technical support as they pursue LEED certification. This award supports Johnson County Government’s already impressive sustainability accomplishments, including nine LEED certified buildings, implementation of a behavior-based energy savings program, hiring of a Sustainability Program Manager and an Energy Manager, use of 103 alternative fuel fleet vehicles, and other energy-efficient practices across all departments.
“The most intriguing aspect of the LEED for Cities framework is the ability to take a more holistic view of our sustainability work beyond environmental sustainability,” said Brian Alferman, Sustainability Program manager. “We understand that solutions that are people-focused, specifically on vulnerable populations, better reflect how our sustainability work can best create a thriving community for all, now and in the future.”
“Our community can be proud of Johnson County for being selected for this award,” said Commissioner Janee’ Hanzlick, Johnson County’s elected official representative for the Cities and Communities program. “The LEED certification process will allow Johnson County Government to not only build on our already strong foundation of sustainable practices, but it will also help us provide leadership in the larger community to help protect resources for future generations.”