CNU e-Update
August 2009

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  1. Registration Now Open for CNUís Transportation Summit, Nov. 4-6, 2009
  2. Ballot Brings LEED for Neighborhood Development One Crucial Step from Launch
  3. Go Electronic, Go Green: Help CNU Save Paper and Money!
  4. CNU Welcomes New Initiatives
  5. Fire Code Proposals to Be Heard in Baltimore, Oct. 24-26
  6. What's New @
  7. Brownfields 2009, November 16-18 -- Registration Open
  8. Form-Based Codes Institute: Webinar and Upcoming Training
  9. National Charrette Institute: Upcoming Trainings

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1. Registration Now Open for CNUís Transportation Summit,
Nov. 4-6
, 2009

Registration is now open for CNUís Transportation Summit 2009 in Portland, where experts from fields such as design, planning, and engineering will be coming together to discuss how cutting edge developments in multimodal transportation can positively affect our built environment.

Last yearís summit in Charlotte was a great success, and participants this year can expect to continue the well-informed discussion and debate as we move towards drafting a statement of principles for Sustainable Transportation Networks.

The summit is a three-day event that will include a working meeting, presentations from leading transportation officials, and hands-on tours. Tours will explore standout aspects of Portlandís pioneering transport network, such as its bike lanes, transit mall, and streetcars.

Check out the draft agenda, pick your favorite tour, and register now at the Transportation Summit 2009 page. Donít miss this opportunity to help mold the future of American transportation!

2. Ballot Brings LEED for Neighborhood Development One Crucial Step from Launch

CNU Members Encouraged to Vote on Rating System by September 17

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is requesting the input of its members on whether to approve the current version of LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) 2009 rating system.

After six years and many revisions, the nation's first system to rate and certify green neighborhoods is now at a point where the three partner organizations overseeing its creation ó CNU, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) are each conducting votes to determine whether it is approved for public launch. CNU is asking its full membership to participate in this decision.

CNU's member ballot starts today, August 19, and will be conducted online at for 30 days ó closing Thursday, September 17. In order to take part in this electronic ballot, members must be a current CNU member and will need their login.

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3. Go Electronic, Go Green: Help CNU Save Paper and Money!

CNU members can now switch to an electronic New Urban News subscription to reduce paper waste and save CNU money. Going electronic will also ensure more of your member dues go toward our programs and initiatives instead of toward printing and mailing costs. Here's how you can switch to an electronic subscription online right now:

  1. Log in to your member account at (if you forgot your login, visit
  2. On the My CNU page, click the Edit Account/Profile tab just below the menu bar
  3. Click the Member Contact Information link below the tabs
  4. Select the Electronic subscription option at the bottom of the page and the click the Submit button

Members can find PDFs of New Urban News on the My CNU page after logging in at CNU will also send email notifications when new issues are posted.

If you have any trouble switching online, you can also email CNU Membership Assistant Juantiki Jones at to change your subscription -- just be sure to include the CNU member's name and email address.

Thank you for helping us conserve resources!


4. CNU Welcomes New Initiatives

Submit Initiative Proposals by Sept. 4, 2009

Have a new idea for a CNU initiative? CNU members are at the forefront of advancing reforms to overcome obstacles to urbanism. From LEED for Neighborhood Development to the Walkable Urban Thoroughfares manual, New Urbanists have a long history of rolling up their sleeves to change conventional building practice in favor of more urban forms of development. As a member you are one of the movementís strongest assets and we are looking for your ideas!

CNU has created a new submission process to help prioritize initiatives, add transparency of the process, and encourage more member-led ideas to become CNU endorsed initiatives. CNU welcomes submissions for initiatives from members on any topic, but especially those identified in the CNU 2007-2012 Strategic Plan.

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5. Fire Code Proposals to Be Heard in Baltimore, Oct. 24-26

Be there, be heard

The Congress for the New Urbanism is proposing changes to the International Fire Code that will empower local fire code officials to be more flexible on street designs. These amendments, developed by new urbanists and fire marshals working cooperatively through CNUís Emergency Response & Street Design Initiative, will be debated on the weekend of Oct. 24-26 at the International Code Councilís Annual Conference & Code Development Hearings in Baltimore, Md.

We need your help: If youíre on the East Coast, or will be in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area at the end of October, please consider attending the hearings and speaking in support of our amendments. Registration information is here.

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6. What's New @

Here's a sample of what's happening at Calendar

Check out upcoming events, such as the 2010 Water Conservation Conference seminar in Albuquerque, featuring CNU board member Doug Farr. Log in to add your own events to the listing!

CNU Salons: LEED-ND issues

"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."

CNU Salons: We shouldnít need LEED-ND, but we do

"For over four years as a Core Committee member representing CNU, I participated in the drafting of LEED-ND. It was mind-numbing, complicated, and tedious. All the time I thought to myself we shouldnít need a rating system to design a good neighborhood."

CNU Salons: Urbanism is value: Higher Walk Score means higher neighborhood home values
"Thanks to a new report put out by CEO's For Cities, there's further statistical evidence for what New Urbanists have been saying for quite a while: people want to live in walkable urban environments, and are willing to pay a premium to do so if they have to."

CNU Salons: Sustainable Urbanists should revitalize abandoned cities first.
"I'm reaching out to new urbanist planners to do what you're so successfully accomplishing in New Orleans and Mississippi - help Tallassee, AL and all other abandoned towns become alive again."

CNU 17 Presentations

Check out the Presentation Library, updated with new content from CNU 17.

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7. Brownfields 2009, November 16-18 -- Registration Open

Brownfields 2009: Sustainable Communities Start Here
November 16-18
New Orleans
Registration is open at

The National Brownfields Conference is the largest, most comprehensive conference focused on cleaning up and redeveloping abandoned, underutilized, and potentially contaminated properties in the nation.  Registration is free and by signing up you gain access to over 150 educational sessions, including lively panel discussions, dynamic roundtables, outstanding plenary sessions, special trainings, film screenings, and more.  The conference has plentiful networking and business development opportunities including the Brownfields Transaction Forum and the Brownfields 2009 Exhibit Hall.  While you are in New Orleans experience the city with mobile workshops and walking tours.  Whether you’re a newcomer to the world of economic and environmental redevelopment, or a seasoned professional looking to make new connections and increase your business, Brownfields 2009 offers something for you. 


8. Form-Based Codes Institute: Webinar and Upcoming Trainings

Want to preserve or increase the quality of our communities? Because Form-Based Codes can require rather than recommend the vision elements that make for good urbanism, FBCs are being adopted at an ever increasing rate throughout the U.S. The mission of the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) is "to advance the knowledge and use of, and develop standards for, Form-Based Codes as a method to achieve a community vision based on time-tested forms of urbanism." Perhaps the most important way FBCI advances knowledge and standards for FBCs is through its 3-course series, taught by nationally recognized practitioners.

Learn How Form-Based Codes can Transform Cities and Towns: A Recorded Webinar
This recorded webinar provides the information needed to assess the applicability of a formbased code for different places and conditions. The 90-minute video is an ideal introduction for anyone within municipal government or who serves on a city council or commission. It will also be beneficial to private-sector developers, builders, and consultants interested in creating places of high value. View online anytime.

Upcoming Trainings

Save the date for the following Form-Based Code training. Visit the Form-Based Codes Institute website for more information and a full list of events.

The ABC's of Form-Based Codes: Special One-Day Introduction
Nov. 4, 2009, Oakland, Calif.
Jan. 27, 2010, St. Petersburg, Fla.
March 24, 2010, Kansas City, Mo.

FBC 101: Introduction to Form-Based Coding
Sept. 10-11, 2009, Sarasota, Fla. (Limited spaces remain. Registration closes August 20.)

FBC 201: Preparing a Form-Based Code Ė Design Considerations
Feb. 18-19, 2010, Ventura, Calif.

FBC 301: Completing, Adopting and Administering the Code
April 26-27, 2010, either Lowell, Mass., or Portsmouth, N.H.

Registration for these courses is available at Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust Scholarships of $500 each are available for representatives from not-for-profit historic preservation organizations or public organizations with oversight authority for historic preservation as well as students and faculty from schools of architecture.


9. National Charrette Institute: Upcoming Trainings

Visit the National Charrette Institute (NCI) website for details on upcoming trainings. Current CNU members receive a 10% discount on NCI registration fees for public trainings held in Portland. All NCI trainings in the United States will qualify for AICP credit hours.

NCI Charrette System™ Certificate
October 19-21, Portland, OR
October 21-23, Atlanta, GA

NCI Charrette Management and Facilitation™ Certificate
October 22-23, Portland, OR


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