In-Depth Seminar: LEED for Neighborhood Development

  • 08 May 2012
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center, 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 63112


  • For individuals who do not hold a current USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Membership
  • USGBC-Missouri Gateway Monthly Programs are free for Chapter Members!

In-Depth Seminar: 
LEED for Neighborhood Development

The LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System (LEED-ND) integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design. LEED-ND is a collaboration among USGBC, Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Natural Resources Defense Council and recognizes development projects that successfully protect and enhance the overall health, natural environment and quality of life in our communities.

The rating system encourages smart growth and New Urbanist best practices by promoting the location and design of neighborhoods that reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and creating developments where jobs and services are accessible by foot or public transit. It also promotes an array of green building and green infrastructure practices, particularly more efficient energy and water useundefinedespecially important in urban areas where infrastructure is often overtaxed. Projects may constitute whole neighborhoods, portions of neighborhoods, or multiple neighborhoods. Projects are often mixed-use, though small single-use projects that complement existing neighborhood uses may also use the rating system.


  • Describe key elements and unique features of LEED-ND
  • Analyze the principles of smart growth and New Urbanism and their role in shaping LEED-ND
  • Identify appropriate project types for LEED for Neighborhood Development
  • Recognize LEED for Neighborhood Development tools and resources

SPEAKER: Doug Farr, founding principal of Farr Associates. Based in Chicago, the firm is widely regarded as one of the most sustainable practices in the country, recently certifying its sixth LEED Platinum building and third LEED-ND project. Farr was the founding chair of the USGBC LEED-ND committee, working to establish a national standard that integrates the principles of green building and smart growth, and is author of the urban planning best-seller Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. His planning work at Farr Associates has helped certify multiple LEED-ND developments across Illinois.

Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA/CES CEH

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
2:00 - 4:00 pm

(Note Doug Farr will also be presenting at the USGBC-MO Gateway monthly evening program scheduled 5:30-7:30pm on May 8th. Click here for details on the evening program.)

Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center,
5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 63112

$30 for all attendees

Click here to register online

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0225.