An ordinance has been passed in Salt Lake City, Utah, requiring builders of any commercial, condo or apartment buildings to adhere to LEED green building standards if they are funded or financed by the city.
"The ordinance also endorses Mayor Rocky Anderson's executive order mandating that municipal buildings - such as a new police and fire administration building, fire station, east-side police precinct and Sorenson Unity Center - also meet Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) standards."
"'It's a tremendous first step toward encouraging in every way possible greater efficiency in design and material used for buildings in our community,' Anderson said after the vote. 'High-performance buildings should be the norm. Municipal governments have a huge role to play in bringing about that progress.'"