Making Rating Systems Work

Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- There are various rating systems around the nation, each designed to measure the successes of specific programs. While there may be spin-off benefits, but there also pitfalls with adopting these systems. Learn about the LEED-ND rating system (which will be in its pilot stage), what it is designed to promote, and its intended audience.


Learn from one civic organization that has successfully deployed scorecards, endorsement programs, or rating systems, and discuss their specific project and how it fares under their own rating system vs. LEED-ND. The point of this case study will be to draw out the relative advantages of each system.
Learn more from:
* Moderator: Jessica Millman, Maryland Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth
* Janet Milkman, President & CEO, 1000 Friends of Pennsylvania
* Tom Steinbach, Executive Director, Greenbelt Alliance
* Kaid Benfield, Co-chair, LEED-ND Core Committee, Director, Smart Growth Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
About Smart Growth
Ten years ago, smart growth was a burgeoning concept- one that had gained footing in a few progressive places throughout the country. These days, smart growth plays an important role in communities across the nation. Smart Growth is about quality of life and the ability for all people to have access to decent livable communities. For some, this is inherent in their daily lives. For many others, especially those in the middle and lower classes, choices and options for safe and healthy living are few.
Whether the problem is the jobs/housing imbalance, increasing vehicle miles traveled, competition for localized tax base, open space preservation, or air and water quality, the importance of a regional model for smart growth planning is critical. Local governments and their neighbors need to find common ground through understanding the benefits of land use polices directed at making the regional healthier, this will in turn create more livable communities in localized neighborhoods.
About the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities (February 8-10, 2007)
The 2007 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted record attendance of over 1,500 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC). Audio CDs of the conference are also available. Nearly all of the conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and workshops were audio recorded.
For more information, visit
New Partners for SmartGrowth
Smart Growth Online