News Home & Design Sustainable Cities Design Academy Launches By Melissa Hincha-Ownby Writer Arizona State University Melissa Hincha-Owny is a business writer who has covered topics ranging from personal finance and corporate social responsibility to parenting. our editorial process Melissa Hincha-Ownby Updated December 30, 2019 Philadelphia wants to lead the green city wave. (Photo: Jasen Miller [CC by 2.0]/Flickr) Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices The American Architectural Foundation (AAF) and United Technologies have joined forces to create the Sustainable Cities Design Academy. The Academy is designed to assist leaders in Boston and New Bedford, Mass., Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., create more sustainable buildings in their cities. "Given that buildings are a large portion of our energy consumption and the corresponding pollution, we must be sure our communities are full speed ahead toward adoption of architecture, design and engineering methods that deliver dramatic and irrefutable cost-efficient improvements," said S. Richard Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. Source: United Technologies The inaugural session of the Sustainable Cities Design Academy features four projects – one in each of the launch cities. In Philadelphia, the Navy Yard is the site of a project that is pursuing LEED for Neighborhood Development certification.