As announced by Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla at the State of the City address on Tuesday, the City of Hoboken was recently certified as the first LEED Gold city in New Jersey by the U.S. Green Building Council. The certification was granted for Hoboken’s commitment sustainability efforts, which include progress in categories such as flood mitigation, energy efficiency, alternative transportation options, and more.
The LEED Gold rating for Hoboken was granted using the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Cities rating system. LEED for Cities enables Hoboken to measure and track sustainability metrics in energy and water use, waste generation, transportation, and community development (including education, health, prosperity, safety, and equitability).
“Hoboken’s gold certification demonstrates that Hoboken has built a strong foundation for our environmental future,” said Mayor Bhalla. “This is an opportunity to both celebrate our resiliency efforts initiated by Mayor Zimmer, and also to identify additional ways for Hoboken to lead the charge in combatting climate change.”
“I applaud Mayor Bhalla and his Administration for this accomplishment, said former Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Putting Hoboken on a sustainable path was a major priority of mine and I am proud to see Hoboken become NJ’s first LEED Gold certified city.”
Mayor Bhalla recently announced that Hoboken will be adopting a Climate Action Plan, with the goal of lowering greenhouse gas emissions beyond the targets established by the Paris Climate Agreement. The City’s strategic approach to climate adaptation and mitigation is outlined in the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan.
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, an international network of local community leaders, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.