New LEED-ND Report Links Neighborhoods and Health

Data reveals indispensable role of walkable, mixed-use urbanism in achieving sustainability goals

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Interested in understanding how New Urbanism helps to create healthier communities?

A new report comprehensively summarizes the relationship between how our communities are designed – land use, design character, transportation system, and density – and a series of public health outcomes such as physical activity, traffic crashes, respiratory health and mental health. This is one of the first reports that not only summarizes the impact of the built environment on public health topics but also discusses how this information can be translated into positive changes to the built environment. The report was sponsored by CNU, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the partners in the forthcoming LEED-ND rating system. You can read more about and download this report.

Learn more about LEED-ND and CNU's role at its Initiatives page. You can also download a preliminary draft of the LEED-ND rating system. (Please note: This draft of the LEED-ND Rating System is not final, and will likely be revised significantly before it is used for the pilot program. You may use the preliminary draft as an indication of the scope and goals of LEED-ND, but should not design or construct a project with the expectation that the requirements for certification as drafted here will remain the same for the pilot or final rating systems.)

CNU members should join the LEED-ND Corresponding Committee for regular updates on its progress; just email nd {at}

Photo: Aerial rendering of Dockside Green in Victoria, B.C., among the developments registered for the LEED-ND pilot phase