LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System Launched in United States as Benchmark for Green Neighborhood Design



Environmental Leaders Partner to Advance Walkable, Sustainable and Economically Thriving Communities

April 29–The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) today kicked off its initiative for green community planning, LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND). To download a copy of the news release, click here


Creating Green Neighbourhoods 

The new national standard for neighborhood design integrates the principles of green building, smart growth, and land conservation, and aims to reduce urban sprawl and automobile dependency by encouraging development within or near existing communities or public infrastructure. LEED-ND projects will include facilities such as schools, businesses, residences, shopping, dining, and entertainment.

“LEED for Neighborhood Development projects are strategically located in or surrounding metropolitan areas—often times revitalizing brownfields, infills, or other underutilized spaces, opening new revenue streams, creating jobs opportunities, and helping to drive the local, state, and national economies,” said Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC president and CEO, at a press conference announcing the launch.

The new rating system is endorsed by USGBC partner organizations: the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).


To Learn More:

Click on LEED for Neighbourhood Development Rating System — press release issued by US Green Building Council on April 29, 2010


Posted April 2010