Smart AND Green: LEED for Neighborhood Development and Municipal Green Building Programs

Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- Local governments across the country are looking to sustainable development practices to preserve the quality of life and promote greater environmental stewardship. Learn about two tools that can assist local governments in guiding development in a more sustainable direction.

Jennifer Henry of USGBC and Jessica Millman of the Coalition for Smarter Growth will present an overview of LEED(r) for Neighborhood Development, a new rating system designed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The rating system, which is currently being piloted with a limited number of projects, has been developed to recognize and encourage smart growth, more walkable and/or transit-oriented neighborhood design, and green building by certifying development projects that meet specific criteria in these areas. LEED(r) for Neighborhood Development’s potential value to developers, planners, smart growth advocates, and municipalities will also be discussed.
Walker Wells of Global Green will outline a new step-by-step guide for developing municipal green building programs. Cities can accommodate new development and building activity while still protecting the natural environment by implementing green building programs and linking them to a commitment to smart growth principles.
Learn more from:
* Jennifer Henry, Program Manager for LEED for Neighborhood Developments, U.S. Green Building Council
* Walker Wells, AICP, Program Director, R.E.S.C.U.E., Global Green
* Jessica Millman, Maryland Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth
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