Neighborhoods Go Green Scaling up Sustainability

The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) “Neighborhoods Go Green! Scaling up Sustainability” exhibit opened in Washington, DC.


March 14, 2011 – April 21, 2011
1735 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC


A critical element of the exhibit is the Washington Region Challenge, which aims to spark conversation among local stakeholders and ideally result in local governments encouraging LEED-ND projects in heir communities. The goal of the Chicago Challenge was to have one LEED for Neighborhood Development project in each county in the state and for the Chicago region’s agencies to use LEED-ND for future redevelopment projects.


  • Attend the panel discussion hosted by USGBC and other local organizations on April 4, 2011
  • Tour the exhibit with USGBC staff
  • Sponsor the Washington, DC, exhibit (opportunities starting at $2,500) – Sponsor Form
  • Meet with USGBC staff about how your local government can leverage LEED-ND
  • The exhibit uses LEED for Neighborhood Development as a framework to explore the key elements of a sustainable community.

    Co-curated by USGBC, the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) and Farr Associates, “Neighborhoods Go Green!” is on display at the Washington, DC headquarters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

    “‘Neighborhoods Go Green!’ celebrates the projects around the world that are helping transform our neighborhoods into walkable, sustainable and economically thriving communities,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC. “The exhibit highlights the link between the importance of sustainability and the places where we all live and work.”

    LEED for Neighborhood Development, launched in 2010, integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building, while benefitting communities by reducing urban sprawl, increasing transportation choices and decreasing automobile dependence, encouraging healthy living, and protecting threatened species.

    Chicago Architecture Foundation Opening

    One hundred projects have completed at least one stage of certification in the pilot program and about 75 projects have registered under the recently launched program.

    Featuring text, photographs, and illustrations representing the features of a model green neighborhood, the exhibit showcases successful local and national LEED-certified projects, including Twinbrook Station in Rockville, Md., and Renaissance Place at Grand in St. Louis, Mo.

    Chicago Architecture Foundation Opening Two

    Unique to the DC exhibit is the Region Challenge, designed to encourage dialogue amongst local stakeholders and potentially initiate neighborhood-specific policy.

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