LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND)

The Nation's First Rating System for Green Neighborhoods

CNU has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) to lay out a coordinated and powerful environmental strategy: sustainability at the scale of neighborhoods and communities. The joint venture, known as LEED for Neighborhood Development (or LEED-ND), is a system for rating and certifying green neighborhoods. LEED-ND builds on USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) systems, the world's best-known third-party verification that a development meets high standards for environmental responsibility. LEED-ND integrates the principles of new urbanism, green building, and smart growth into the first national standard for neighborhood design, expanding LEED's scope beyond individual buildings to a more holistic concern about the context of those buildings.

LEED-ND 2009 Final Version

Check USGBC's website for the latest addenda.

General Information


Alex McKeag, CNU Program Manager, 312.551-7300, amckeag {at} cnu org

To learn more about LEED-ND certification, check out the following documents:

LEED-ND Resources

Photo: Excelsior & Grand in St. Louis Park, Minn. has been Registered for the LEED-ND Pilot. (Photo credit: Alec Johnson, AC Johnson Photography)