The reasons to love Atlantic Beach are numerous. Great restaurants and watering holes, pristine white sand, one of the best walking streets in all of North Florida, and a smattering of architectural wonders courtesy of renowned Florida Modernist William Morgan, to name a few.

And now, the City of Atlantic Beach is giving more cause to celebrate. According to WJCT, AB is hoping LEED the way in Florida and become Florida’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified city under a new U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) pilot program.

USBG dishes out the LEED certifications based on the sustainability of the city’s buildings and structures. AB is not yet LEED certified, but already scores quite high on the organizations ratings system.

“As part of our focus on environmental leadership we are poised to be the first city in Florida that’ll be a certified city under LEED for cities,” Atlantic Beach Mayor Ellen Glasser told WJCT’s Brendan Rivers. “I’m really pleased that Atlantic Beach is taking a leadership role, no pun intended, towards this effort.”

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