Community Benchmarking: Who, What & Why Your Community Should Be Benchmarking

APA Kentucky Chapter


Friday, May 19, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CDT

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As communities continue to struggle with limited resources and increased social, economic and physical constraints, Community Benchmarking provides comparative metrics to improve performance, accountability and community resiliency. Similar to USGBC’s LEED rating system for building, Benchmarking programs offer communities the means to assess, monitor and evaluate efficiency improvements to facilities, systems and policies. This session will expose participants to various benchmark rating systems and their applications.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the various national recognized energy and sustainability community rating and benchmarking systems and the benefits of the systems including:

An overview of the following systems: STAR Communities, APA’s Sustainability Rating System, USGBC LEED for Cities and Living Building Challenges

In addition, the presentation will address the questions outlined below:

What are other benchmark systems which could benefit a community’s social, economic and environmental sectors? 

Why should a community benchmark their assess and infrastructure?

Who should be on your team to begin benchmarking?


Scott Southall

Invited Speaker

B. Scott Southall, RLA, LEED AP BD+C, ASLA, AICP is with CDP, a multi-disciplinary design firm with offices in Lexington and Louisville, KY. Scott serves as Vice-President of Sustainability and Marketing. He is a Registered Landscape Architect in Kentucky and Ohio, a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C with the ... Read More

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