Green Urbanism Program Publications

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Sweden, the Green Giant

Walker Wells reflects on his time in Sweden and shares lessons learned from the country's unique planning and development model, based on collaboration and trust. Read the full article featured in Planning Magazine.

Green Goes Mainstream in Low-Income Housing

Energy-efficient buildings aren't only for the rich. By Lauren Fuhry and Walker Wells, Global Green USA Green Urbanism Program. PDF of report featured in Planning Magazine.

2013 QAP Report: Green Building Criteria in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Programs

The 2013 report that analyzes and ranks Qualified Allocation Plans (QAPs) of states across the nation for their inclusion of green building strategies. PDF of Report

Greening The Rust Belt: A Case Study for Post-Industrial Cities

Global Green played a key role in helping Youngstown, OH update its zoning codes to allow for urban farming. We prepared this case document to convey the main outcomes of the code process and make the new innovative code language readily available to other urban farming advocates. The case study builds upon the Urban Agriculture Feasibility Study for Youngstown [link to the study, which is listed lower on the page. PDF of Report

Progress and Possibility: Green Building Criteria in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Programs (2012)

The 2012 report that analyzes and ranks Qualified Allocation Plans (QAPs) of states across the nation for their inclusion of green building strategies. PDF of Report

Creating Sustainable Neighborhoods: LEED ND Assessment Program

We are offering no-cost sustainable neighborhood design technical assistance to a select number of U.S. communities, using the LEED for Neighborhood Development standard, which provides a nationally recognized method for creating neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable, resource-efficient, and equitable. This free assistance is being provided under a grant to Global Green USA from the U.S. EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities. 

Urban Agriculture Feasibility Study for Youngstown

In June 2012, the Green Urbanism team released a report summarizing our findings in Youngstown, OH: "Urban Agriculture Feasibility Study for Youngstown: Opportunities for Healthy Food Production, Local Jobs, and Ecological Restoration." PDF of our Youngstown Urban Ag Report

Green Urbanism Leaders Summit: Outcomes and Ideas Report

Green Urbanism Leaders Summit. In February 2009, Global Green USA gathered a group urban and environmental thinkers and doers a two-day discussion on the compelling but elusive concept of green urbanism. PDF of our Report

Green Urbanism Leaders Summit Summary

On February 12-13, 2009, Global Green gathered a group of urban and environmental thinkers & doers for two days of discussion on the topic of green urbanism. The goal was to clarify this concept and also to arrive at some degree of agreement on the main principles of green urbanism, especially how to put these ideas into action. Also of importance was to expand the community of people that felt either an affinity to the subject. Out of the summit, the common direction was clear: our ability to rise to this challenge is a function of whether we change how we see our place in the world. Released June 2009. PDF of Report 

Green Buildings - A Tool for Stemming Climate Change?

This publication talks about the six-step methodology Global Green has developed a for establishing a green building program. Functioning as an umbrella, a green building program integrates and encourages innovation in waste management, stormwater, water conservation, energy efficiency, land use, and public health. Pioneers like Santa Monica laid the foundation for folding green building into local government operations by focusing first on City building projects. This trend continued through the first part of the new millennium, with Southland cities large and small adopting green requirements for public construction. PDF of Report 

Case Study: Andrew H. Wilson Elementary School

Andrew H. Wilson Elementary School is a model high performance school for the New Orleans Recovery School District’s $1.8 billion school construction program. Andrew H. Wilson is a kindergarden through 8th grande school for approx. 540 students. The campus includes: 26 classrooms, a cafeteria, a gymnasium, an art studio, a music room, a computer lab, a library, and administration facilities. The school features an environmentally friendly site design, and was designed to meet LEED for Schools 2007 standards and is anticipated to achieve LEED for Schools Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). PDF of Report

Case Study: Green Dot Charter Schools

Green Dot Charter Schools, in partnership with Pacific Charter School Development (PCSD), opened the doors of Animo Ralph Bunche and Animo Justice High School’s permanent facility in September 2008. Providing over one thousand new seats for students in South Los Angeles, the schools transformed two former industrial spaces into a 77,173 square foot Leed Certified educational campus. Now operating as Animo Ralph Bunche and Animo Jefferson Middle School, the schools are examples of a green approach to planning, design and operations in an urban setting ripe for adaptive reuse. PDF of Report

Developing Green Building Programs: A Step-By-Step Guide for Local Governments

Global Green USA's step-by-step guidebook outlining a six-step process that local agencies can utilize to develop their own green building programs. The process was developed based on the real world experience that Global Green has gained in working with local governments to develop green building programs in cities such as, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Irvine, West Hollywood, and New Orleans. PDF of Report

Green Building Developer Fact Sheets

As part of Global Green's Greening the Tax Credits Campaign, an effort to encourage various states around the country to adopt sustainable building practices as part of the state-administered federal low-income housing tax credit program, we recently published Green Building Developer Fact Sheets, which highlight various sustainable building practices and provide information about local product availability and cost. The first set of fact sheets is for Louisiana, the second set for NY State. PDF of Report


Habitat for Humanity and Global Green USA: Environmental Initiative Symposium (PDF)

Briefing from the December 1995 symposium.

Green Income Criteria for Affordable Housing: QAP 2010

Green Income Criteria for Affordable Housing: QAP 2005

Green Income Criteria for Affordable Housing: QAP 2006

Green Income Criteria for Affordable Housing: QAP 2007

Green Income Criteria for Affordable Housing: QAP 2008

Green Income Criteria for Affordable Housing: QAP 2009