WASHINGTON — The Natural Resources Defense Council
(NRDC), The U.S. Green Building Council
(USGBC) and Congress for the New Urbanism
(CNU) announced today the launch of the LEED for Neighborhood Development green neighborhoods rating system, according to a press release.
LEED for Neighborhood Development
integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building, and benefits communities by reducing urban sprawl, increasing transportation choices and decreasing automobile dependence, encouraging healthy living and protecting threatened species, the release stated.
The rating system encourages development within or near existing communities and/or public infrastructure in order to reduce the environmental impacts of sprawl, the release noted.
According to the release, LEED for Neighborhood Development strives to create healthy, safe neighborhoods in which people from a wide range of economic levels and age groups can live and work together.
Green neighborhoods foster social inclusivity as they provide accessibility to transportation, jobs, resources, education and promote healthier lifestyles, the release added.