The US Green Building Council is expanding the reach of its popular Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system to the neighborhood scale with LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND). Community leaders and developers can now receive recognition for the environmental sustainability of entire districts, rather than on a building-by-building basis. The Council's Detroit Regional Chapter is offering a one-day training event for planners, economic development professionals and other local government staff titled "Making LEED ND Happen in Your Community" April 1 in Southfield. The event is designed to educate participants on the rating system, its underlying principles and the advantages of pursuing LEED ND certification. To learn more details and to register, visit http://www.drc-usgbc.org/index.php?option=com_registrationpro&view=event&did=372&Itemid=128&shw_attendees=0.
Luke Forrest is Project Coordinator for the Green Communities Challenge and the Center for 21st Century Communities. Contact him by email or by calling 734-669-6323.