Sustainable Neighborhood Assessments

Focus of the Work

Global Green USA was awarded a 5-year grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Office of Sustainable Communities under the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program to assist 30 communities across the US with sustainable neighborhood planning. The Sustainable Neighborhood Assessments are conducted using a tool built around the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) standard.

Prior to each visit, members of the Green Urbanism team review existing plans and policies and identify key stakeholders to meet with. During the site assessments, a team consisting of Green Urbanism staff along a neighborhood planning expert from either Agora Group, Farr Associates, or Raimi+Associates and a representative from the US Green Building Council members identify a neighborhood's positive qualities and challenges. Through the combination of a walking tour, consultation with community stakeholders in meetings and public workshops, and application of the assessment tool, the team develops recommendations for both physical and policy changes to increase the sustainability of the neighborhood.

Major findings and recommendations are summarized in a summary report that the community can use to guide current or future planning, urban design, or development efforts. Recommendations from communities visited to date include creating more walkable street system, adaptive reuse of historic buildings, preserving affordable housing, expanding housing options, adding local job opportunities through mixed use development, improvements to transit and bicycle facilities, energy retrofits to existing buildings, district-scale stormwater strategies, and establishing green building and renewable energy incentives.


2015 - 2016




Green Urbanism Team in the Field