Why green buildings?

At the Office of the City Architect, our goal is to promote and implement sustainability rating systems that compliment green building efforts, expand sustainable networks, and improve green infrastructure in accordance with the goals of the City of Austin. By designing and planning for the future, we are able to improve the environment of our home here in Austin, Texas. Each project links to the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan by reducing energy, water, waste, traffic emissions, as well as improving indoor air quality.

how are we doing?

The results shown here is the effort of the Office of the City Architect to present the benefits of LEED certified buildings. The information is extracted from LEED submissions from building teams. Material information is from manufacturer's declarations and documentation from the builder.


Registered LEED Municipal Projects: 52  |  certified: 32  |  registration in progress: 20
As of September 2019


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


Palmer Events 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 Shelter for Women and Children
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

Building Performance Reports

Environmental Impact of Municipal LEED Buildings

As of September 2019
In the course of a year, 52 municipal buildings achieved:

A reduction of 20,646 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year due to energy savings
A reduction of 22,012 metric tons of CO2 emissions by diverting materials from the landfill
A reduction of 1,154 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year due to alternative methods of travel
A reduction of 21,938 kGal of potable water use per year due to water savings

where are these projects located?

Towards a sustainable future

The City of Austin is recognized as an international leader in green building practices and continues to achieve the highest optimal outcomes for sustainability of municipal projects. COUNCIL RESOLUTION 20071129-045 requires that many building projects must attain a minimum of the Silver LEED building certification.

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.

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.