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This case study publication provides an overview of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Cities & Communities Pilot Program. It specifically provides insight into the certification process that was pursued by the City of Atlantic Beach, Florida between 2018 and 2019. LEED for Cities is a certification for local governments that requires planners to examine a wide array of different performance metrics. These metrics focus on topics related to energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. Through a community partnership with USGBC Florida and the City of Atlantic Beach, Florida, the UNF Environmental Center worked through the certification process and documented the steps that were taken along the way. The case study itself is a result of a Directed Independent Study (DIS) undertaken by Sean Lahav, a UNF Master of Public Administration (MPA) student at the time, who conducted research under the faculty leadership of Dr. David Lambert from the UNF Coggin College of Business. The publication provides other municipalities and communities across Florida with a benchmark of understanding for tackling the certification process independently.


First Edition September 2019