Green Urbanism Program: What We Do




Staff from Global Green USA's Green Urbanism Program work in partnership with local governments and other public agencies that are ready to “do” sustainability. We help these entities create innovative and replicable policies, programs, and procedures so that sustainable practices become standard in the planning, design, construction, and operation of the built environment.

By working closely with agency staff and community stakeholders, we have helped create a number of innovative and precedent setting green building programs, sustainability plans, green urban design proposals, and climate action strategies. These efforts include the green building programs of the Cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and West Hollywood, the Local Government Green Building Program Guide, the West Hollywood Environmental Task Force Summary Report, and several LEED for Neighborhood Development certified projects.

One particular area of emphasis is helping public agencies and developers of affordable housing use the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system to advance their environmental goals and create models of sustainable neighborhoods. Global Green is the only technical assistance provider in the country to have certified three developments through the pilot version of the rigorous LEED-ND system and is working on several other planning projects that combine affordable housing with environmental design while pursuing LEED-ND certification.

Among the projects certified by Global Green in collaboration with its planning and development partners: The Holy Cross Project, Cornfields Arroyo Seco Specific Plan and Miraflores.

Global Green USA is also expanding the application of the LEED-ND Rating System to assess the sustainability of existing neighborhoods. By developing a tool that incorporates the metrics of LEED-ND, Global Green USA is providing technical assistance to public officials and local government staff to determine ways that future development in their communities can achieve high levels of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. LEED-ND integrates the principles of smart growth, walkable urbanism and green building into the first national rating system for neighborhood design. Technical Assistance will be provided by Global Green USA with support from Farr Associates, Raimit + Associates, Agora Group, and the US Green Building Council to eight city across the country through funding from the US EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Grant Program. 

Our approach combines a depth of expertise in green building, neighborhood planning, and sustainability with over ten years of facilitation experience. We contextualize this approach through in-depth research into the physical, climatological, regulatory/code, and historical qualities of the specific place or jurisdiction.

Throughout our involvement, we strive to support, guide, and empower staff and stakeholders to be the long-term stewards of the policies and programs that we help establish. The end result is environmentally rigorous, reflective of local issues and priorities, and able to be adopted with confidence and implemented with success.

Current and past local partners include the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, Long Beach, West Hollywood, Irvine, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, Mountain View and Cupertino; Los Angeles and San Mateo Counties; the Redevelopment Agencies of Los Angeles and Richmond; the Housing Authorities of Ventura and Los Angeles; the Los Angeles and San Francisco Unified School Districts; and the University of California San Francisco.


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