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Citizens Guide LEED-ND

Citizens Guide LEED-ND

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Have you ever wondered whether or not a proposal for new development was a good idea, whether it was environmentally friendly, and whether or not you should support it? A Citizen's Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development is a hands-on introduction that NRDC developed for local environmental groups, smart growth organizations, neighborhood residents and just about anyone interested in making our communities better and greener. The principles embodied in LEED-ND can be applied to situations other than those in which a development is seeking certification.
Have you ever wondered whether or not a proposal for new development was a good idea, whether it was environmentally friendly, and whether or not you should support it? A Citizen's Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development is a hands-on introduction that NRDC developed for local environmental groups, smart growth organizations, neighborhood residents and just about anyone interested in making our communities better and greener. The principles embodied in LEED-ND can be applied to situations other than those in which a development is seeking certification.

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A Citien’s Guide to LEED oNeighbohood Deelopment:
How to Tell if Development isSmart and Green
LEED or Neighborhood Development was jointly developed by the U.S. Green BuildingCouncil, Natural Resources Deense Council, and the Congress or the New Urbanism.It is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council.
 
Acknowledgements
The
Citizen’s Guide to LEED-ND
was developed by Raimi + Associates and the Natural Resources DeenseCouncil (NRDC), with guidance by a national advisory committee o experts in smart growth andLEED-ND, and input rom diverse local and regional advocates. A special thank you to all those contributorsand committee members who have reely given their time and expertise.
Authos
Aaron Welch – Raimi + AssociatesKaid Beneld – Natural Resources Deense CouncilMatt Raimi – Raimi + Associates
Adisoy Committee
Eliot Allen – Criterion Planners Jessica Millman – Agora Development Company, ormer LEED-ND Core Committee ChairDr. Bridget Jones – Cumberland Tomorrow Justin Horner – Natural Resources Deense CouncilElizabeth Schilling – Smart Growth America John Bailey – 1,000 Friends o MinnesotaTrisha White – Deenders o Wildlie
Othe Contibutos
Anthony Clark – Natural Resources Deense CouncilRachel Sohmer – Natural Resources Deense CouncilMarissa Ramirez – Natural Resources Deense CouncilCarlita Salazar – Natural Resources Deense CouncilMeredith Glaser – Raimi + AssociatesMatthew Burris – Raimi + AssociatesBeth Altshuler – Raimi + AssociatesMeghan Bogaerts – U.S. Green Building Council Jerey Lovshin – U.S. Green Building CouncilSophie Lambert – U.S. Green Building CouncilAnn Cheng – TransForm Joe DiSteano – Calthorpe AssociatesConnor Merrigan – Governor’s Energy Oce, State o ColoradoAdam Garcia – Greenbelt AllianceMarla Wilson – Greenbelt AllianceMatt Taecker – City o Berkeley, CaliorniaSteve Lawton – The Congress or New Urbanism (Northern Caliornia Chapter) and NU VenturesPaul Zykosky – Local Government CommissionVu-Bang Nguyen – Urban HabitatDover, Kohl & Partners
COVER PHOTOS: Denver, Colorado – Credit: Charles Perry/Perry Rose LLC; Bike-only street, Amsterdam – Credit: Aaron Welch/Raimi + Associates;Portland, Oregon – Credit: Alex Abboud; San Diego trolly – RACTOD/www.ReconnectingAmerica.org; Idaho Falls, Idaho – Credit: Lisa Town; Chicago, Illinois – Credit: Tim Schapke
NRDC Director o Communications: Phil GutisNRDC Deputy Director o Communications: Lisa GorediNRDC Publications Director: Anthony ClarkNRDC Publications Editor: Carlita SalazarProduction: Tanja Bos
A Citizen’s Guide to LEED or Neighborhood Development: How to Tell i Development is Smart and Green
 
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A Citizen’s Guide to LEED or Neighborhood Development
Table o Contents
1. How to Use This Guide ..................................................................................................................2
How the Guide Is Organized ............................................................................................................3
2. What is a Sustainable Neighbohood? .........................................................................................43. Smat Location and Linkage: Whee to Build ..............................................................................5
Smart Locations .............................................................................................................................5Design with Nature ........................................................................................................................5Connected Neighborhoods ............................................................................................................6Public Transit ..................................................................................................................................7
4. Neighbohood Patten and Design: What to Build .....................................................................8
Neighborhoods that Use Land Efciently.......................................................................................8Diverse and Convenient Neighborhoods........................................................................................9Walkable Streets ............................................................................................................................9Reduced Parking and Transportation Demand .............................................................................10Bicycle-Friendly Design ................................................................................................................10Mixed Uses and Community Spaces ...........................................................................................11
5. Geen Inastuctue and Buildings: How to Manage Enionmental Impacts ......................13
Green Buildings ............................................................................................................................13Reusing Older Buildings ...............................................................................................................14Reducing Pollution .......................................................................................................................14Keeping Things Cool ....................................................................................................................15Neighborhood-Wide Energy .........................................................................................................15Recycling and Reuse ....................................................................................................................16
6. How Can LEED-ND Help Impoe You Community?................................................................17
1. Evaluate Development Proposals ............................................................................................172. Improve Development Proposals .............................................................................................183. Guide Improvements to Existing Neighborhoods ....................................................................184. Inorm Community Planning and Zoning ..................................................................................195. Inorm State, Local, and Regional Policy ..................................................................................21
7. Supplementay Mateials ............................................................................................................22
Sustainable Neighborhood Development Checklist .....................................................................23LEED-ND Rating System Summary .............................................................................................33LEED and LEED-ND Basics ..........................................................................................................36

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