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Top 10 States for Green Building

Top 10 States for Green Building | green streets | Scoop.it

Some states have been more proactive in getting LEED-certified buildings built than others. Which has the most sustainable square feet per citizen?

People don't usually think of Illinois as the greenest state in the union, but it happens to have the most green buildings per capita, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Green Building Council. California had the most projects overall. States like Louisiana and Montana? Not so much.


Find a list of the top 10 LEED-certified states (by per capita square footage) at the article link.

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Rebuilding an affordable, sustainable community in Galveston

Rebuilding an affordable, sustainable community in Galveston | green streets | Scoop.it
Three years ago, Hurricane Ike wiped out much of Galveston, Texas, including over 500 affordable homes administered by the city’s Housing Authority. Faced with the task of starting over, the Authority began to rethink how it might improve upon its old public housing model.

With the help of McCormack Baron Salazar, a prominent national developer of economically integrated city neighborhoods, and Urban Strategies, a planning and management firm specializing in inclusive urban redevelopment, the result has been a process called Working Together for Galveston. The project’s vision statement is a model of learning from the past to create a more resilient, sustainable, and inclusive future...

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Is this the world's greenest neighborhood?

Is this the world's greenest neighborhood? | green streets | Scoop.it

Victoria, British Columbia, a city that - among other good things - is home to Dockside Green, which some people are calling the greenest development in the world...

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New Orlean’s First LEED NC-Silver Multi-Family Development : GAB Report

New Orlean’s First LEED NC-Silver Multi-Family Development : GAB Report | green streets | Scoop.it

In just over two weeks, it will have been six-years since the the category-5 Hurricane Katrina crossed into the United States and rebuilding efforts continue to this day. New Orleans, Louisiana, was one of the hardest hit areas along the Gulf of Mexico. It received much attention from people across the country and many organizations saw a tremendous opportunity to rebuild New Orleans in a sustainable manner.

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How to use LEED-ND to improve an older neighborhood

How to use LEED-ND to improve an older neighborhood | green streets | Scoop.it

An inner-city neighborhood in Boston is an example of how the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system can guide improvements to older communities. The system is helping community leaders identify the area’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for becoming stronger and greener.


LEED-ND, administered by the US Green Building Council, is primarily intended to reward environmentally superior new land development. Merging the values of smart growth, walkable neighborhoods, and green environmental management systems, the program established a detailed set of standards and measurements with numerical scoring to approximate how well a new development will perform environmentally.

The primary target audience for LEED-ND has been the world of private developers constructing new buildings at the neighborhood scale. A secondary target audience has been government, as the system establishes standards that can be adapted to update local, state or even federal measures and incentives for green development.


Many have found the system somewhat less suited, however, for guiding the evolution of older, distressed neighborhoods that are more likely to improve incrementally rather than in large chunks of new development. But, while it is true that obtaining formal certification for smaller, more scattered parcels throughout a community can be challenging, that does not mean the system cannot still be extremely useful...


Read the complete article for details on the communities and organizations that are incorporating and adapting LEED-ND principles to older neighborhoods in their revitalization and redevelopment efforts, and how technical teams have evaluated the system for such applications.

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How a California city is cleaning up, building green, & protecting residents from pollution

How a California city is cleaning up, building green, & protecting residents from pollution | green streets | Scoop.it
  Over decades, the 14-acre commercial flower nursery in Richmond, California became a severely blighted site, its old greenhouses falling into disrepair and its soil polluted with years of pesticide and herbicide applications. 

After the nursery closed, contamination posed an obstacle to redevelopment. Not a great place for housing, one might think.

But think again: these challenges are being overcome as the site is cleaned of contaminants and transformed into what will be the city’s greenest new residential development.

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NRDC: LEED for Neighborhood Development

NRDC: LEED for Neighborhood Development | green streets | Scoop.it

A Citizen's Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development is a hands-on introduction that NRDC developed for local environmental groups, smart growth organizations, neighborhood residents and just about anyone interested in making our communities better and greener.

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