Types of certification for cities

  • The Transfer Institute

Certification -also known as accreditation is a useful tool for cities, towns, municipalities, communities, regions, etc. to show its evolution towards better quality of life standards. Some of the available certification awards for cities are as follow.

Better by tech accreditation for cities (Worldwide)

It is developed by us, The Transfer Institute, to validate the intent and achievements of cities, towns, municipalities, villages, neighborhoods, and regions in becoming better places with the help of technology by means of a fully online, easy, fast, and cost-effective process.

LEED for Cities (Worldwide)

LEED for Cities helps cities on the metrics for a particular initiative; educate residents, visitors and business owners to enable continuous improvement; demonstrate commitment to sustainability, human health and economic prosperity.

International Dark Sky Communities (Worldwide)

It certifies exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of a quality outdoor lighting ordinance, dark sky education and citizen support of dark skies.

What Works Cities Certification (US)

What works cities helps local governments improve residents' lives by using data and evidence effectively to tackle pressing challenges. Launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

STAR Communities + LEED for Cities (US)

This program integrates content from STAR and the LEED for Cities pilot, while aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as a path towards becoming a more resilient and sustainable community.

All-America City Award (US)

The All-America City Award recognizes communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues.

Conference of Mayors programs (US)

The Conference of Mayors has a number of programs and initiatives that help develop better mayoral leadership, collaboration through best practice sharing, and providing funding opportunities to our members through valuable partnerships with foundations.

Access City Award (EU)

The Access City Award recognises and celebrates efforts by European cities to improve accessibility and promote inclusion.


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