A pilot program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council aims to make the Atlantic Beach Florida’s first certified LEED city. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building rating system used in over 160 countries around the world and LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.
Shane Corbin, Director of Planning and Community Development for Atlantic Beach, said climate change, sea level rise and adaptation are priorities for Atlantic Beach’s leaders, but the city is still in the early stages of figuring out how best to address those issues.
“We want to do more good rather than less bad with buildings,” explained Sarah Boren, Director of USGBC of Florida. Buildings have a huge environmental impact, she said, using 71% of all electricity, causing 40% of all emissions, consuming 60% of all energy and using 14% of potable water. USGBC sees green building as the solution to that problem.