(PHILADELPHIA) December 9, 2021 – Today, legislation to improve the City’s LEED requirements for municipal buildings, introduced by Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, passed Philadelphia City Council. City Council passed the original Municipal LEED ordinance in 2009. Over the past decade, there have been substantial changes that have made the implementation of this requirement challenging. This new legislation will align the requirements with current best practices and shift regulatory authority to the Office of Sustainability.
“The City has made significant commitments to reduce carbon emissions and create resilient communities, so we must continue to lead internally to achieve these goals,” said Councilmember Gilmore Richardson (at-Large). “Over the decade that has passed since the original municipal LEED ordinance, there have been important changes, such as the creation of the Office of Sustainability, the adoption of updated building codes, and other industry advances; therefore, we thought it was time to align our requirements with nationwide best practices.”