HUD Requires LEED for Neighborhood Development
On February 29, 2012, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released notice of their FY2012 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants. This program will make available nearly $5 million to support comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans focused on three core goals: housing, people and neighborhoods. As part of their program requirements, HUD has required that all Planning Grant recipients must secure Stage 1 Conditional Approval of their Transformation Plan for LEED for Neighborhood Development.
Eligible applicants for HUD's Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants are public housing authorities (PHAs), local governments, nonprofits, tribal entities and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity. Applications must include a proposal for the revitalization of a severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted multifamily housing project located in a distressed neighborhood into a viable, mixed-income community. Applications are due May 1, 2012. For more information, visit hud.gov/cn.
2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program
Started in 2010, USGBC's Affordable Green Neighborhoods grant program provides grant funding and educational resources to affordable housing developers and related public agencies that choose to pursue LEED for Neighborhood Development certification. With continued support from the Bank of America Foundation, we are excited to announce another round of funding this year. The 2012 grant program will begin accepting applications in late spring. The applications period will be open throughout the summer with winners announced in the fall.
Find project snapshots of the ten current grant recipients and details on the 2012 application process as they become available at usgbc.org/affordablegreenneighborhoods.
USGBC at the APA Conference in LA
Will you be attending the American Planning Association's (APA) National Planning Conference? It will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from April 14-17. Stop by the USGBC booth (#532) with questions or just to say hello.
USGBC's Jeff Lovshin, will be participating in the session Green and Affordable Sustainable Neighborhood Design (S561), being held on April16 from 2:30-3:45 pm.
LEED 2012 Development Cycle
The LEED 2012 third public comment period is open now through March 20. Members of the public can comment on any substantive changes made since the second round of public comments. For information on proposed changes to the rating system and to submit your own comments, visit usgbc.org/leed2012.
Review details on the proposed changes to the Neighborhood Development rating system.
LEED for Neighborhood Development Statistics
Approximately 125 projects are registered under the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system with 35% located outside of the U.S. Internationally, the largest number of projects are in China and Canada but LEED for Neighborhood Development has also been applied in other notable locations such as Malaysia, Finland and Brazil.
Congratulations to Sunnydale HOPE SF, the Foshan Lingnan Tiandi Development and the Village at Market Creek on your recent certifications!
Sunnydale HOPE SF|
Courtesy Mercy Housing California and The Related Companies of California
|The Village at Market Creek|
Courtesy Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
For more information or to register a project, visit gbci.org/LEEDND.