Green/Sustainability Design and Rating Systems for Neighborhood Development and Transportation, USDOT

Sustainable designs aim to reduce negative impacts on the environment (natural and human) including reducing the use of energy, promoting more efficient uses of natural resources,reducing/avoiding environmental pollution, and allowing for recycle or reuse of products at the end of their useful lives. Transportation engineers and urban planners have a responsibility to consider sustainability at the neighborhood scale. LEED-ND is a system of rating and certifying green neighborhoods.LEED-ND integrates the principles of new urbanism, green building, and smart growth into the first national standard for neighborhood design. LEED-ND places emphasis of the site selection, design, and construction elements that bring buildings and infrastructure together in a neighborhood and relate the neighborhood to its landscape as well as its local and regional context.

This project reviews LEED-ND principles and incorporates them in training materials that focus on new paradigms for transportation and community planning. The objective is to educate students and the transportation/sustainability workforce about the basic principles for green/sustainable design and evaluation mechanisms.