Green Buildings in Cambridge

Genzyme Center -- Cambridge's first LEED Platinum building
Genzyme Headquarters -
Cambridge's First LEED Platinum Building

The City of Cambridge actively encourages the use of sustainable building forms through both policy and development requirements. In recent years many buildings constructed in Cambridge have sought and received formal recognition as green buildings through the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program, also known as LEED, an internationally recognized green building certification system. 

LEED provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving environmental performance, including energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. The LEED program was developed by the U. S. Green Building Council. LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

Requirements for Sustainable Building Development and Operations

Current requirements for green or sustainable buildings include:

In addition, the Net Zero Task Force is studying strategies that will lead to further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, improved energy efficiency in building operations and support on-site renewable energy generation.

Energy Efficient Municipal Buildings and LEED

Since 2002, the City has also followed a policy that all new municipal building projects and major renovations will follow the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria.

LEED Energy Efficient Buildings Interactive Map

The following map shows the locations of Cambridge buildings that have received LEED recognition (Certified) or are working towards LEED certification (Registered). Certified projects are those that have met the appropriate LEED standard at one of four performance tiers: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.

There are several types of LEED standards. Follow the links to learn more from the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) web site:

This map was last updated on July 31, 2014 using data provided by the U. S. Green Building Council.

For More Information

For more information about green buildings contact Elaine Thorne at 617/349-4648 or ethorne@cambridgema.gov or John Bolduc at 617/349-4628 or jbolduc@cambridgema.gov. For more information about the map and the data used here contact Brendan Monroe, GIS Analyst, at 617/349-4641 or bmonroe@cambridgema.gov.