A rating system for today — for a brighter tomorrow.
LEED for Neighborhood DevelopmentLEED for Neighborhood Development
integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into
the first national system for neighborhood design. Whole neighborhoods,
portions of neighborhoods, multiple neighborhoods-there is no minimum or
maximum size for a LEED for Neighborhood Development project.
Thoughtful neighborhood planning can limit the need for
automobiles and their greenhouse gas emissions.
Mixed-use development and pedestrian-friendly streets
encourage walking, bicycling and public transportation.
Green buildings and infrastructure also lessen negative consequences
for water resources, air quality and natural resource consumption.
The character of a neighborhood, including its streets, homes,
workplaces, shops and public spaces, affects quality of life.
Green developments respect historic resources and the
existing community fabric.They preserve open space and
encourage access to parks.
Combine the substantial environmental and social benefits
and the case for green neighborhoods makes itself.
Unlike any otherLEED for Neighborhood Development, developed in collaboration
with Congress for the New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council,
emphasizes elements that bring buildings and infrastructure together
and relates the neighborhood to its local and regional landscape.