LEED-ND lauded by Renewable Natural Resources Foundation
LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) was recently awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation. Created by CNU in partnership with US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), LEED-ND is a system for rating and certifying green neighborhoods. The system comprises two parts — one for plans (stage 1 and 2) and one for completed projects (stage 3) — and aims to establish a powerful, coordinated environmental strategy for sustainability at the scale of neighborhoods and communities.
In addition to integrating the principles of new urbanism, green building, and smart growth, LEED-ND approaches neighborhoods in a holistic manner. LEED-ND is quickly changing the fabric of sustainability programs, building on USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) systems and creating a national standard for neighborhood design.