GSA seeks to lead the way on sustainable building practices

A new article in National Geographic details the efforts of the federal General Services Administration (GSA) to improve sustainability in federal buildings, with the help of $4.5 billion in ARRA stimulus funds. The federal government leases or owns 500,000 buildings nationwide. So far, GSA has awarded 70 solar photovoltaic projects, projects for advanced electricity metering … Continued


Sec. LaHood signs first TIGER transit grant agreement in Kent, Ohio

Wondering what the TIGER grant recipient projects look like? The first of 51 grant agreements has been signed and work can now move forward on this successfully funded project in Kent, Ohio: “Soon residents of Kent will benefit from a 325,000 square foot project that combines a bus transfer station with public parking, retail and … Continued


Rating system for green, sustainable neighborhood design launches today

LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System Launches as Benchmark for Green Neighborhood Design Environmental Leaders Partner to Advance Walkable, Sustainable and Economically Thriving Communities

Washington, D.C. – (April 29, 2010) – Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) announced the launch of the LEED for Neighborhood Development green neighborhoods rating system. LEED for Neighborhood Development integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building and benefits communities by reducing urban sprawl, increasing transportation choice and decreasing automobile dependence, encouraging healthy living, and protecting threatened species.