Washington sets example as most sustainable city Jan 04, 2018 0 549 12345 REUTERSWASHINGTONOn a work day, the US capital does not appear much more"sustainable" than any other major city. Its streets are packed with cars, lights flicker in offices long after the occupants have gone home, and stark economic divides persist between neighbourhoods. But beneath the surface, something is working in Washington, DC, experts say.In August, the city was the first to receive the top"platinum" certification under a global sustainability programme called LEED for Cities, which tracks performance on energy use, waste management, water, transport and even quality of life. Washington was joined by Phoenix in December.The LEED for Cities framework is an expansion of the world's most widely used rating system for green buildings.Places earning top marks with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) could serve as a model around the world seeking to prove to investors and others that their cities are clean, green and offer a high quality of life.With more certifications expected in early 2018, organisers say surging interest stems from the Paris Agreement on climate change which has paved the way for local governments to step up as leaders in caring for the planet.More than 100 cities around the world have expressed interest in the program so far. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Bannon slams Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer Jan 04, 2018 0 783 Cosmic dust, not 'alien megastructure,' veils mysterious star Jan 04, 2018 0 513 US Congress kicks off new year session with 'plates full' Jan 04, 2018 0 349 Two Senate Democrats sworn in, GOP margin cut NYT WASHINGTON Two new senators ” Doug Jones, D-Ala., and Tina Smith, D-Minn. ” were sworn in Wednesday, in a history-laden ceremony attended by three current and former vice presidents. Vice President Mike Pence, in his .. Ecuador's jailed VP stripped of office AFP Quito Ecuador's Vice President Jorge Glas lost his title late Tuesday because he has been absent for more than three months -- locked up in prison on a six-year sentence for corruption. Glas, 48, is the .. Rare Arctic storm hits US Southeast REUTERS CHARLESTON A rare winter storm hit the US Southeast on Wednesday, bringing Florida's capital its first snow in three decades and snarling travel, while New England braced for a"bombogenesis" whopper .. Death toll from Peru bus crash rises to 48 LIMA At least 48 people were killed in Peru when a bus collided with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of the capital Lima, emergency services officials said. The accident on Tuesday took .. 16 missing after Peru bridge collapses Lima Peruvian rescue workers were combing a river Wednesday for 16 people missing after the bridge they were on collapsed in a valley northwest of the mountain-top ruins of Machu Picchu, officials said. The bridge, close .. Top US refugee official to retire this month REUTERS WASHINGTON One of the top US government officials working on refugee issues announced her impending retirement on Tuesday, and refugee advocates expressed concern about the fate of the country's .. Bannon has 'lost his mind': Trump WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump broke with his former close campaign aide and chief White House strategist Steve Bannon on Wednesday after the far-right populist lambasted the president's son and son-in-law .. First Florida snow in 29 years Miami It's called snow, something residents of North Florida hadn't seen in almost three decades until Wednesday, and it is part of a deep-freeze striking the entire US East Coast. The US National Weather ..