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Summer 2010

LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development Now Available!

The LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism, and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design. Registration for LEED for Neighborhood Development is now available as well as the Smart Location & Linkage (SLL) Prerequisite Review. This new feature will enable projects to assess their location against the SLL prerequisites before paying for full certification, which will be added in late 2010.  Project teams will be notified as soon as additional details are available.
Visit www.gbci.org for more information »

To learn more about LEED for Neighborhood Development, consider signing up for the ND 252: LEED for Neighborhood Development Credit-by-Credit Review online training series. Learn the core concepts and strategies behind successful green neighborhood development through the rating system’s credit intents, key elements, requirements and synergies. Although the series has already begun, you can access previous sessions.
Click here to register »

The U.S. Green Building Council, with generous support from the Bank of America Foundation, is pleased to offer a grant program that recognizes affordable housing developers who are committed to building sustainable communities through LEED for Neighborhood Development. The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will award grants and provide educational resources to affordable housing developers and related public agencies that choose to pursue LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development certification.
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New Integration Guides: Green Operations and Green Retail

Green Operations
USGBC is proud to announce the Green Operations Guide: Integrating LEED into Commercial Property Management. Available later this summer, the guide will provide step-by-step instruction on implementing LEED into building operations and management. USGBC will also be holding a free webcast on Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. ET to provide listeners with an overview of the guide’s content, as well as a more in-depth look at selected sections.
Click here to register »

Green Retail
Coming soon: the Green Retail Guide: Integrating LEED into Your Leasing Process. Available later this summer, this resource will foster tenant-driven activities that contribute to LEED certification of whole buildings. The guide helps integrate green thinking in to the way that retail space is selected, leased, built out, and occupied, making it a useful complement to the new LEED for Retail rating systems.

Both guides will be available at the USGBC Store later this summer.

Coming Soon: Practical Strategies for Hotels

The third installment of USGBC’s Practical Strategies is slated for an early summer release. The guide will highlight LEED-certified lodging projects, focusing on the most innovative environmental strategies each property has implemented. As with the other Practical Strategies publications, this guide is designed as a reference for use by hotel and lodging professionals pursuing LEED certification for their projects.

Please check the Commercial Real Estate website in late May/early June for an electronic version of the resource.

Green Building Opportunity Index

Cushman and Wakefield, a commercial real estate consulting firm, has created an assessment tool to rank the top office markets in U.S. cities based on green-related criteria. In their analysis, Cushman and Wakefield used information from buildings that have either received LEED certification, or the EPA’s Energy Star designation.
Download the PDF to see how the cities rank »


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