Santa Fe recently achieved the LEED Gold rating under the LEED v4.1 system—making it the second city in the world to achieve this distinction.
There are more than 100 LEED-certified cities and communities, but these were achieved under earlier versions of LEED. Santa Fe achieved credits for resilience planning activities that strengthen its ability to respond and adapt to climate change risks, natural and man-made hazards, and extreme events including public health crises. The importance of resilience has been magnified as communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The LEED for Cities certification was backed by a grant from Bank of America that was awarded by USGBC to 15 cities and communities. The grant provided financial assistance, educational resources, and technical support.
When the city applies for recertification in 2025, it hopes to achieve Platinum certification.