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Launch Update
Project Registration Is Open Now!

LEED for Neighborhood DevelopmentIt is with great excitement that we announce that registration for LEED for Neighborhood Development opened this morning.

Project teams will be able to register their projects in LEED Online and download forms for the Smart Location & Linkage (SLL) prerequisite review. This new feature will enable projects to assess their location against the SLL prerequisites before paying for a full certification. At this time, projects will not be able to submit for full certification, but that functionality will be added in late 2010 and project teams will be notified as soon as more information is available.

Thank you to all the volunteers, consultants and staff that helped make this important milestone possible. For more information on the registration and certification processes, please visit the GBCI website at www.gbci.org.

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Upcoming LEED for Neighborhood Development Trainings

ND 301: Implementing the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System – (May 19, 2010 – Atlanta – Congress for the New Urbanism Congress 18)
Learn how to apply the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system to a real project! The workshop will walk through the phases of a typical project and the key decisions that project teams must make, including key stakeholder considerations. Engage with experienced LEED Faculty and other participants in interactive activities using case examples that enable you to work hands-on with LEED implementation strategies and rating system tools, including project forms.

ND 251: Understanding the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System – (June 13, 2010 – Miami – American Institute of Architects conference)
USGBC will be holding a 200-level workshop on LEED for Neighborhood Development following the AIA convention in June. The all-day event will discuss the principles of smart growth, New Urbanism and green design and cover all of the prerequisites and many credits in the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system. The course is approved for GBCI’s credential maintenance program and is intended for professionals who are familiar with the basic concepts of LEED and other rating systems, and/or for professionals working in neighborhood development but not yet experienced with LEED. Registration for the workshop will be available by Thursday, April 29, 2010. Please e-mail questions to education@usgbc.org.

Coming Soon: New LEED for Neighborhood Development Webinar
USGBC is currently developing a 200-level webinar series that that will focus on a credit-by-credit analysis of the rating system. The series is expected to launch mid-summer with registration available shortly, so be sure to check www.usgbc.org/LEEDcurriculum periodically.

» You can find the complete listing of USGBC's LEED and green building curriculum at www.usgbc.org/LEEDcurriculum.

» If your professional development needs are centered on preparing for or maintaining a LEED Professional Credential, visit www.usgbc.org/credentials.

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Advocacy Update

A Local Government Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development
This report discusses the variety of ways that local and state governments can use LEED for Neighborhood Development to improve policies and incentivize sustainable developments in their own communities. Various approaches and levels of involvement are explored with targeted examples highlighting successful programs and policies at the local and state level across the country. If you have additional examples or feedback on how to make this document more applicable to practitioners of sustainable development, please e-mail us at neighborhoods@usgbc.org.

USDOT TIGER grants and LEED for Neighborhood Development
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the U.S. Department of Transportation created the discretionary Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program, more commonly referred to as TIGER, which was allocated $1.5 billion for transportation projects across the country. On Feb. 17, USDOT announced the 51 recipients of the program (PDF). Of the recipients, 26 percent included a transit component, and four are part of or adjacent to the following LEED for Neighborhood Development pilot projects:

TIGER Recipient/Applicant Pilot project
Tucson Modern Streetcar Gadsen PPP
Normal, Ill., Multi-Modal Facility Town of Normal Uptown Renewal
Portland's Innovation Quadrant – SW Moody & Streetcar Reconstruction South Waterfront Central District
Mercer Corridor Project South Lake Union Urban Center

USDOT received more than 1,400 applications totaling $59 billion in funding requests for the program. An additional $600 million has been allocated for a second round of grants to be announced this spring. Learn more »

Partnership for Sustainable Communities
On June 22, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officially formed the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an agreement structured around six livability principles to help guide the agencies in coordinating investments, protecting public health and the environment, and addressing issues surrounding climate change. Many of the requirements and credits in the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system align with the six livability principles from the partnership.

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Vancouver Hosts 2010 Olympic Athletes in LEED for Neighborhood Development Platinum Neighborhood
By Chani Joseph, LEED AP ND

The 2010 Winter Olympics attracted visitors and athletes from around the world to Vancouver. During the games, 2,800 Olympic athletes had the opportunity to stay in the Vancouver Olympic Village, located in the heart of Southeast False Creek, a LEED for Neighborhood Development pilot project.

Southeast False Creek recently achieved the LEED Platinum designation for Stage 2 (Pre-Certified LEED for Neighborhood Development Plan), garnering more points than any other LEED for Neighborhood Development pilot project so far.

"The Olympic Village turned out to be the jewel of the Games," said John Furlong, CEO, Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee.

The Southeast False Creek neighborhood is an 80-acre site, adjacent to the city's downtown core, separated from downtown only by a small inlet (False Creek). Planned to eventually house over 12,000 people in 5,000 residential units, The Vancouver Olympic Village is the first portion of the neighborhood to be completed, and is comprised of eight city blocks (17 acres), 1.5 million square feet of new development, and 1,100 residential units.

Southeast False Creek was a large brownfield site which the City of Vancouver decided to release from the industrial land base in the early 1990s. After almost two decades of planning, the result is a neighborhood plan with a mix of market-rate, affordable (subsidized), and “modest market” (rental) housing, and a variety of community amenities. These include a waterfront community center, a recreational (non-motorized) boating facility, playgrounds, child care facilities, an elementary school, a grocery store and community serving retail/services. The centerpiece of the Olympic Village is the Salt Building, a historic building which has been restored.

Access to and from the area is aided by a plethora of transportation options. Along with unbundled parking and car-share opportunities, there is a pedestrian ferry across False Creek, rapid transit connecting to the broader region, a neighborhood streetcar, access to local and express buses, and three greenways/bikeways.

In Southeast False Creek, Vancouver holds true to its commitment to sustainability. The goals for the site pushed the City of Vancouver to consider and make allowances for new green building practices, such as an unprecedented agreement between the City and the developer whereby area exclusions were granted for additional floor area necessary to enable passive design elements.

“The Olympic Village has already changed the status quo – how our zoning works, the way we perceive barriers to green design, the way we see passive design and urban agriculture, the way we think about urban form and density. Everything has changed…” said Brent Toderian, Director of Planning, City of Vancouver.

The neighborhood also includes innovative approaches to stormwater management. Combining a children’s play park with a stormwater remediation area proved to be a new strategy for the Vancouver Park Board.

“Whenever you put water near children, they want to play with it. And wherever you have water, you have mud – some people have issues with that,” said Tilo Driessen, Planner, Vancouver Park Board. “But it’s important for us to make the exposure to natural elements a part of children’s play.”

Southeast False Creek’s Neighborhood Energy Utility is the first in North America, and among the first in the world, to employ localized sewer heat recovery as an energy source. Initially, the public raised concerns over the appearance of the utility’s five exhaust flues which were sculpted into a stainless steel “hand.” Seen by thousands of people traveling to downtown every day, the glowing hand’s “fingernails” are composed of LED lighting fixtures that change color depending on the amount of green energy being produced and have become a favorite feature of the project.

Perhaps the neighborhood’s greatest success has been the integrative design process employed and the level of collaboration achieved among the project team implementing the designs. As an example, capillary mats mounted in the ceilings for radiant heating required a collaborative effort between capillary mat installers and mechanical, drywall, and lighting contractors. Energy monitoring systems brought together project managers, mechanical engineers, financial specialists, post-construction advisors, and property managers.

“This project was a watershed of learning in this industry in Canada,” said Mark Holland, Principal, HB Lanarc. “It brought together the energy of the community.”

Ultimately the neighborhood will be defined by those who not only visit but also make it their home. The 2010 Olympic athletes were the first to stay in the new neighborhood and their royal highnesses Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have also visited the site. Perhaps the most remarkable visitors so far, though, are the herring, which recently returned for the first time in many years to spawn along the shores of Southeast False Creek.

Southeast False Creek timeline (PDF) »
More information on Southeast False Creek – The Challenge Series »

Chani Joseph is a Technical Coordinator with the Canada Green Building Council, and is currently working on developing the Canadian LEED for Neighborhood Development program.

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