The City of Austin is recognized as an international leader in sustainable building practices. With the aim of achieving the highest optimal outcomes for sustainability, municipal projects are implemented in accordance with COUNCIL RESOLUTION 20071129-045. This means building projects must attain a minimum Silver LEED building certification.

Listed below are the achievements for municipal building projects since the resolution was adopted.


Registered LEED Municipal Projects: 50     |    registration in progress: 20


Mexican American Cultural Center
Carver Library
Carver Museum & Cultural Center
Austin Energy Control/Administration Center


McBeth Recreation Center Annex
Public Safety Training Facility
Asian American Resource Center
Austin Resource Center for the Homeless
Circle C Fire EMS
Morris Williams Pro Shop
Combined Trans EMS & Comm Center
Town Lake Center 5th Fl Renovation
Turner Roberts Recreation Center
TRRC Building Pavilion
ABIA East Terminal Infill
Austin Animal Center Kennel Addition


Austin Bergstrom International Airport GTSA
African American Cultural Heritage Facility
EMS Station #33
Avery Ranch Fire & EMS
Gus Garcia Recreation Center
North West Recreation Center
Austin Animal Center
Austin Energy System Control Center
Austin Convention Center
City Hall
City Hall 10-1 Renovations
Far Southeast EMS#28
WTP4 Admin Building


New Central Library

*Reports were created by the Office of the City Architect based on LEED submittals by the design team. Information is based on design analysis and is a predictive outcome. Material information is based on manufacturer's declarations and haulage receipts from the builder.

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why green buildings?

Through the Office of the City Architect analysis of LEED information, each project demonstrates the intent to reduce energy, water, waste, and traffic emissions as well as improve indoor air quality. This is directly linked to the goals of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan and, in particular, the priorities for City facilities.

Imagine Austin - Green Buildings

Developed by the City Council with the input of thousands of residents, the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan is a vision for the city to achieve a healthy, connected, and sustainable future by 2040.
Municipal buildings that achieve LEED certification contribute to the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan in various categories. According to the Comprehensive Plan, City facilities must seek to manage water use and drainage, conserve energy during peak demands, and expand waste diversion rates to meet the City's greenhouse gas reductions and Zero Waste goals. City facility policies include access to multi-modal public transportation and integrating public buildings into active, walkable neighborhoods. Lastly, City facility policies outline the need to create healthy work environments and educate the public about energy-efficiency, sustainable building, and greening best practices.

Environmental Impact of Municipal LEED Buildings

Our understanding of climate change has significantly influenced the way in which we design buildings. The City of Austin has made progress in reducing the impact of buildings on the environment by using the LEED checklist as a tool for sustainability. To date, the LEED certified municipal buildings together are designed to positively effect the environment in the following ways.

In the course of a year, municipal buildings achieved:
A reduction of 20,403 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year due to energy savings
A reduction of 16,960 metric tons of CO2 emissions by diverting materials from the landfill
A reduction of 1,150 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year due to alternative methods of travel
A reduction of 18,281 kGal of potable water use per year due to water savings

Next Steps

The City of Austin is continuing to measure sustainability by registering more LEED buildings each year.
The Office of the City Architect is promoting and beginning to implement other emerging rating systems that compliment these green building efforts and expand sustainable networks and green infrastructure.
By designing and planning for the future, we are able to grow a resilient and adaptive home.

next steps: ARC

LEED ensures that buildings are designed and constructed to sustainable standards. LEED certification ends at time of occupancy. ARC takes the next step: Tracking building performance throughout occupancy by recording five sustainable aspects of operational use.

The Office of the City Architect's intent moving forward is to use ARC monitoring to inform operational use. Such action will benefit the City's understanding of high-performance buildings in sustainability.


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system designed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to provide the framework for highly efficient, cost-saving buildings. LEED promotes sustainability on a global spectrum.

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Arc is a complement to LEED and other green building systems, standards and protocols in which team members may benchmark projects and monitor the performance of a building throughout operations.

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Other Rating Systems

Sustainable efforts can be measured through various other rating systems, and the City of Austin strives to use these systems when applicable.