Environment

LEED-ND works well enough for now

As the local TOD-lady, I spend a lot of time trying to explain why transit needs good neighborhood development and why good neighborhood developments need transit.... read more »

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. ... read more »

We shouldn’t 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.... read more »

NRDC's Smarter Cities Project Wants Your Input on Sustainability Criteria

As some of you may know, Smarter Cities is an initiative that ranks US cities on a number of key sustainability criteria as well as on overall sustainabili ... read more »

An Introduction to LEED-ND for CNU Members

To encourage informed participation in the LEED-ND vote, the CNU DC Chapter has released An Introduction to LEED-ND for CNU Members. ... read more »

LEED-ND issues

Nora Beck asked me to post some of my thoughts about the LEED-ND rating system in advance of the upcoming member ballot. ... read more »

Have you logged into cnu.org lately?

The upcoming LEED-ND Member Ballot will be conducted through the cnu.org website.... read more »

Making Smart Urbanism Even Greener with LID

My NRDC colleague Rachel Sohmer has produced a wonderful slide show illustrating how low-impact-development techniques for reducing stormwater runoff (sometimes called "green infrastructure") can succ ... read more »

Let's lead the paradigm shift in landscape design and bring back ecosystem services

I rode my bike the few blocks down SW 10th Street in Portland to the Pearl District to take in the excitement of First Thursday gallery openings on a warm summer evening. ... read more »

"Shrinking Cities": Let's Be Careful What We Wish For

Readers of a certain age will remember Joni's Mitchell's iconic anthem "Woodstock," celebrating the famous 1969 music festival (which, incidentally, she did not attend, but I digress). ... read more »