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Upcoming Webinars: Beyond Buildings: LEED for Neighborhood Development in Massachusetts*

Beyond Buildings: LEED for Neighborhood Development in Massachusetts*


Free for APA-MA Chapter Members


APPROVED FOR: AICP CM credits |
2.50 (for attendance at both sessions)e.30017

Session #1 – Tuesday, September 15, 2015 4:00-5:30PM

Session #2 – Thursday, October 8, 2015 4:00-5:30PM

Devens Enterprise Commission
Vicksburg Conference Room
33 Andrews Parkway
Devens, MA

The US Green Building Council MA Chapter, in partnership with APA-MA and its Sustainable Development Committee developed this two-part webinar series that focuses on real world sustainable planning and development techniques in relation to the USGBC’s LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) rating system. Attendees will learn about the smart growth, new urbanist, environmental and social aspects of the rating system and how this system is being used by planners, developers and local governments in Massachusetts as a tool to foster the creation of attractive, healthy, compact, complete and connected mixed use communities designed for multi-modal transit that serve a diversity of populations.

Session #1:

This session provides attendees with a brief overview of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system and how it has integrated green building, zoning, transportation and environmental planning elements into one comprehensive checklist for more sustainable approaches to neighborhood design and development. Attendees will learn about the current status of LEED ND rating system and how it has helped shape the entire LEED V4 suite of green building rating systems. This session ends with a review of two local LEED ND pilot projects in Massachusetts and how the rating system helped influence their design and development:

  • Jackson Square: a mixed-use urban redevelopment project in Boston, MA
  • The Village at Taylor Pond: a suburban mixed use project in Bedford, MA

Session #2:

This session expands on Session #1 and provides attendees with an overview of how the LEED ND Rating system has been applied to three recent projects in Massachusetts and how planners and developers of these projects are using the rating system as a tool to help regulate more sustainable neighborhood development:

  • Chelsea Box District – a mixed use infill project with affordable and market rate housing;
  • Old Colony – a public housing redevelopment project in South Boston
  • Codman Square – Boston’s first eco-innovation district and neighborhood revitalization program that is using LEED ND at the grass roots level.

Attendees will learn more about some of the opportunities and challenges the ND rating system has presented for these projects. This session also includes a review of two case studies that demonstrate how local governments, developers and planners in Boston and the surrounding region are using LEED ND as a tool to eliminate barriers to sustainable development and integrate smarter approaches to planning and community development. This session ends with a quick overview of some great free LEED ND resources that are available on-line.

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*Note: This program is approved for AICP 2.5 CM credits (for attendance at both sessions) and is also approved for 2.5 LEED ND specific GBCI continuing education credits for LEED AP’s and GA’s. If you have questions contact Neil Angus at NeilAngus@devensec.com

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