Courtesy the U.S. Green Building Council

Courtesy the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) named Washington, D.C. the world’s first LEED Platinum City for successfully achieving “sustainability and resiliency goals,” according to a press release by the organization. Mayor Muriel Bowser received the honor from the USGBC president and CEO, Mahesh Ramanujam at an event held in the city’s Dunbar High School—also the country’s highest-rated LEED-certified academic institution.

After more than 20 years of experience in advancing sustainable and green building design and construction, last year, the council announced the addition of two pilot certification programs: LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities.