Washington, DC (December 1, 2005)- Over the past ten years, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed and implemented LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating systems for the construction of new buildings, major reconstruction, building operations, commercial interiors, and other aspects of buildings. Over the past two years USGBC has partnered with the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to establish a rating system for entire neighborhoods.
LEED-ND (LEED for Neighborhood Development) is the first national standard to address how the relationship among buildings affects environmental performance, integrating the principles of smart growth, urbanism, and green building. The first public draft of LEED-ND was released for comment earlier this year and the comment period recently closed.
Listen to LEED- New Standards for Neighborhood Development.
About the Smart Growth Speaker Series
The Smart Growth Speaker Series hosts speakers on a monthly basis to describe this new development paradigm, explore specific approaches, to foster dialog, and identify opportunities for positive change in growth and development patterns. Event sponsors are the Smart Growth Network, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Building Museum. The series, which is free to the public, is held at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street N.W, Washington D.C. (Judiciary Square Metro). Registration not required.
Listen to the Smart Growth Speaker Series on your computer. Audio archives and other resources from past presentations are available under the Event Theme/Description. These resources are free.
For more information, contact Kevin Nelson or visit the Smart Growth Speaker Series.