Criterion Planners is an urban planning consultancy specializing in sustainability assessment and rating for neighborhoods and communities. The firm's principal, Eliot Allen, LEED AP-ND, is a co-creator and certification reviewer for the LEED for Neighborhood Development program. He also serves as administrator of the EcoDistricts Protocol certification program, on-call technical adviser for the STAR Community rating system, and plan reviewer for the APA Sustaining Places recognition program.
Criterion was founded in 1980 with a focus on sustainable community development. The firm has since become a nationally-recognized leader in planning techniques and tools that help stakeholders create places that are measurably more equitable, resilient, and prosperous.
This place-making ranges from regions to neighborhoods, with an approach that
integrates land-use and transportation planning, urban design, and
environmental stewardship. Criterion professionals combine sound technical
analysis with creative thinking to assemble plans that produce results: in
the past decade alone, Criterion-planned and implemented projects have saved
over four billion pounds of global warming emissions. This experience and
track record supports clients throughout the U.S. that seek innovative and
resilient solutions to community development challenges.
The firm specializes in developing and administering urban sustainability
assessment and rating systems, includiung the LEED for Neighborhood
Development rating system, EcoDistricts Protocol, STAR Community rating
system, SITES rating system, and Sustaining Places comprehensive plan
recognition program. Criterion is also a sustainability education provider
for Planetizen.com and the American Institute of Certified Planners.