Nora Beck asked me to post some of my thoughts about the LEED-ND rating system in advance of the upcoming member ballot.
I support the approval of LEED-ND for public launch, but with the caveat that the current system is seriously flawed, and needs to advance. The most glaring example is the fact that a single building can qualify for "Neighborhood Development" opens us all up for ridicule of the worst sort... ridicule that has the potential to sink the entire LEED-ND rating system. A single building is by no means a neighborhood, and we've seen examples of people gaming the system with projects that can never be considered as contributing to a neighborhood. The fact that a developer can also pick and choose what parts of his or her development they want to get rated sets us all up as stooges of the development community. This is humiliatingly problematic beyond my ability to describe it. So please count this as a very tentative vote of support... we have very much work to do. But it's work that needs to be done... so count me in.
Write your comments in the box below and share on your Facebook!