The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is offering a webinar series called "LEED for Neighborhood Development: Sustainability Beyond Buildings." LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND), created by USGBC in partnership with the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council, is the first national standard for green neighborhoods. The webinars feature stories of certified pilot projects, both in urban infill locations and suburban locations, and highlight challenges overcome by project teams. According to USGBC, attendees will obtain best practices in developing green neighborhoods.

The webinar series will offer guidance for land owners and real estate developers considering LEED-ND for a future project, professionals hoping to get involved with the rating system in the future, and anyone interested in learning about LEED-ND.

Following is the webinar schedule:

  • Session One: Green Communities: Bringing Smart Growth and New Urbanism into LEED (June 18, 2009, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session Two: LEED-ND: Strategies for Urban Infill & Brownfield Development (July 16, 2009, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session Three: LEED-ND: How the Rating System can be Used to Retrofit the Suburbs (Aug. 6, 2009, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET)

Each webinar costs $60 for USGBC members; $80 for non-members. Attend all three sessions for $150 for members; $200 for non-members. Register for the webinars online.