Mark this up to the popularity of sustainability; the tornado-damaged town of Greensburg, Kansas, has announced last month that the City Council has adopted a resolution that all city buildings greater than 4,000 square feet must be certified LEED Platinum. These buildings will also be required to reduce energy use by 42 percent over current building code requirements.
From the press release:
“Following the Council’s historic vote, City Administrator Steve Hewitt said, “I am so excited about being the first city in the U.S. to adopt this system for a town. I am ecstatic about this commitment and what it is telling the world about our town’s character and where we are headed.”
Mayor John Janssen said, “This is just another important step in our recovery and our intentions to come back as one of the greenest towns in America.””
Greensburg is the first city in the country to pass such a resolution.