LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND)

The Nation's First Rating System for Green Neighborhoods

CNU has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) to lay out a coordinated and powerful environmental strategy: sustainability at the scale of neighborhoods and communities. The joint venture, known as LEED for Neighborhood Development (or LEED-ND), is a system for rating and certifying green neighborhoods. LEED-ND builds on USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) systems, the world's best-known third-party verification that a development meets high standards for environmental responsibility. LEED-ND integrates the principles of new urbanism, green building, and smart growth into the first national standard for neighborhood design, expanding LEED's scope beyond individual buildings to a more holistic concern about the context of those buildings.

LEED-ND 2009 Final Version

Check USGBC's website for the latest addenda.

General Information


Alex McKeag, CNU Program Manager, 312.551-7300, amckeag {at} cnu org

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Certification Now Open

Project teams are now able to certify their projects. Begin by registering the project in LEED Online. Submission forms for all three stages of certification can be viewed before registration in LEED Online. A new certification feature is the Smart Location & Linkage (SLL) Prerequisite Review, which enables projects to assess their location against the SLL prerequisites before paying for a full certification. For full registration information, please visit the GBCI Website. To learn more about LEED-ND certification, check out the following documents:

LEED-ND Resources

Photo: Excelsior & Grand in St. Louis Park, Minn. has been Registered for the LEED-ND Pilot. (Photo credit: Alec Johnson, AC Johnson Photography)