2018 National Planning Conference

Building Blocks of a Sustainable Community

Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 2:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. CDT

Location: 219

CM | 2.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Deep Dive Sessions

Activity ID: NPC189002


  • How to weigh the trade-offs required in implementing sustainability measures in a development project
  • How to implement the sustainability goals supported by the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system
  • Sustainability best practices in urban planning, design, and construction


Designed for anyone interested in implementing neighborhood scale sustainability, this interactive workshop will provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about the principles of sustainable planning, design, and construction using LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) as a framework. Professional practitioners, students, and others interested in optimizing sustainability at the neighborhood scale will learn best practices in neighborhood planning and design drawn from the disciplines of smart growth, new urbanism, and green building, and how they are supported through the LEED ND rating system. Community leaders and advocates can use this exercise as an assessment of their neighborhoods through the lenses of transportation, access, economy, and infrastructure. A case study of a local development project will provide insight into applying the principles of sustainability at the neighborhood level.

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Session Speakers

Jeanne Allen Carswell
U.S. Green Building Council
Washington, DC

Matthew B. Morrin
New Orleans, LA

Michelle Pyne
Global Green
New Orleans, LA

Walker Wells
Global Green/UCLA and Pomona College
Venice, CA

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