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From Main Street to Green Street: LEED Certification for Sustainable Neighborhoods

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Published in Main Street News, April 2009, by Therese Dorau of ICF International. One of the U.S. Green Building Council’s newest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programs, LEED for Neighborhoods (ND) combines aspects of green construction practices and community development theories to encourage the creation of mixed-use, livable, environmentally sustainable neighborhoods. This article discusses the LEED-ND certification program and its specific relevance to small businesses and existing “main street” commercial districts.  Specific opportunities and challenges of implementing certification are addressed, and the LEED-ND program is seen in action through two case studies.

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Published: Apr 1, 2009
Author: Therese Dorau
Source: Main Street News

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