LEED-ND Corresponding Cmte Update: 10 Jan 07

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Posted as a courtesy to CNU members who are not yet part of the LEED-ND Corresponding Committee. Joining the Corresponding Committee is free and recommended for all CNU members; send an email to nd@committees.usgbc.org.

LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot Program

We will be posting the pilot version of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system on the LEED-ND webpage by the end of January. We will also post a document summarizing the committee’s responses to the public comments, solicited in fall 2005, at that time. Soon after, we will issue a call for pilot projects, which will include further details about the pilot program, including fees, participation requirements, and an application form.

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

Two sessions about LEED for Neighborhood Development will be conducted at the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth conference being held February 8-10, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA (http://www.newpartners.org/).

* Smart AND Green: LEED for Neighborhood Development and Municipal Green Building Programs: This session will be held on Friday, February 9th from 3pm to 5pm. Jennifer Henry, LEED-ND Program Manager, and Jessica Millman, LEED-ND Core Committee member, Maryland Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth, will present an overview of LEED for Neighborhood Development. Walker Wells, Global Green, will outline a new step-by-step guide for developing municipal green building programs. Participants will learn how cities can accommodate new development and building activity while still protecting the natural environment by implementing green building programs and linking them to a commitment to smart growth principles.
* Making Rating Systems Work: This session will be held on Thursday, February 8th from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. It will begin with a brief overview of rating systems from around the nation in addition to an overview of the LEED-ND rating system. After that introduction, a civic organization that has successfully deployed scorecards, endorsement programs or rating systems will discuss a specific project and how it fares under their own rating system vs. LEED-ND. The point of this case study will be to draw out the relative advantages of each system. Panelists from Section One will be invited to comment, and then this session will end with a round of detailed discussion, in which the audience will be invited to raise questions, concerns and ideas for the integration of LEED-ND with any existing local programs. Jessica Millman will moderate and speakers include Kaid Benfield, Co-chair, LEED-ND Core Committee, Director, Smart Growth Program, Natural Resources Defense Council; Tom Steinbach, Executive Director, Greenbelt Alliance; and Janet Milkman, President & CEO, 1000 Friends of Pennsylvania.

RFP for LEED for Neighborhood Development pilot program consultants

USGBC, in partnership with the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council, is now seeking a consultant or team of consultants to assist staff in coordinating the LEED for Neighborhood Development pilot program, to provide customer support for projects participating in the pilot program, to assist in the review and assessment of certification submissions, and to provide support for the LEED for Neighborhood Development Core Committee during the implementation of the pilot program.

More details may be found in the complete RFP, entitled “LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot Phase Support: Request for Proposals,” which is posted and available for download as a PDF on the LEED for Neighborhood Development webpage. The direct link is http://www.usgbc.org/leed/nd.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 5:00 p.m. eastern time on Friday, January 19, 2007. Please feel free to forward this message on to others who may be interested.

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