Recognized for its Sustainability and Resilience Achievements
First Wisconsin Municipality to Receive Certification for Aggressive Local Sustainability Achievements
The City of Middleton announced today at a plaque dedication ceremony at Stone Horse Green, with many local, county, state, and national dignitaries, that it has achieved LEED Gold certification.
The Good Neighbor City is part of a growing group to be certified using the LEED for Cities & Communities rating system. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, was created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is the world’s most widely used green building rating system.
“Climate change is a real and growing threat to our communities, and we need to take action to preserve our way of life, economy, and wellbeing,” said Senator Baldwin. “I am thrilled to see Middleton’s leadership in building a more sustainable and resilient future for generations to come.”
Expanding on the LEED for buildings rating system, LEED for Cities and Communities helps local leaders measure and manage progress in community conditions, in pursuit of a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable future.
“Middleton’s achievement—being the first Wisconsin municipality to achieve LEED Certification and earning LEED Gold—is outstanding. I’m proud of my hometown’s commitment to lead by example, and I am confident other Dane County communities will learn from Middleton’s experience and move us even closer to our county-wide sustainability goals.”
Through the certification program, cities and communities create and operationalize responsible, sustainable, and specific plans for natural systems, energy, water, waste, transportation, and many other factors that contribute to quality of life.
“With the growing threat of climate change, we are all facing, it is important for everyone to find solutions to this crisis, and I’m excited to see Middleton being a leader in this effort,” said Alex Joers, Wisconsin Representative.
Middleton achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at improving sustainability and the standard of living for residents. LEED is designed to help buildings, communities, and cities achieve high performance in key areas of social, economic, and environmental sustainability.
“We are at the forefront in our fight against climate change”, said Mayor Emily Kuhn. “This framework helps us accelerate our progress on sustainability and resilience – leading the way to a better quality of life for our community.”
LEED certification helps demonstrate a city’s commitment to sustainability, human health, and economic prosperity. It not only helps benchmark a city’s current performance, but enables Middleton to measure and track outcomes which are evaluated against key metrics that include energy, water, waste, transportation, education, health, safety, prosperity, and equitability.
“Congratulations to the City of Middleton on this achievement. I appreciate that Middleton is leading in this work that the state and federal governments are failing at,” said Representative Mike Bare.
Specifically, the City demonstrated excellence in green space allocation for residents, community-wide renewable energy innovation, and a focus on multi-jurisdictional collaboration with the County and other cities on climate mitigation and resiliency projects.
“Middleton proves time and again that we can grow our community and economy both substantially and sustainably,” said State Senator and proud Middleton resident Dianne Hesselbein. “Our city continues to be a regional, state and national leader and I’m proud to see our leadership recognized for their outstanding stewardship.”
The certification data also highlighted areas where Middleton could improve, including reducing water consumption, more geographical access and connectivity to civic resources, and improving distributional equity disparities in education, income, and home ownership.
The City of Middleton joins a global network of more than 154 certified cities and communities.