Touchstone For Sustainable Development? The Promises And Pitfalls Of Leed-Nd
The way human settlements are planned and arranged is a crucial dimension of environmental and societal sustainability. Accordingly, the US Green Building Council, Congress for the New Urbanism, and Resources Defense Council developed and released a nationwide standard entitled Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood (LEED-ND) to promote and recognize development designed to be friendlier for communities and the environment. The three goals of the present study are: to assess the function and viability of LEED-ND as a tool for fostering sustainable development, to develop a research agenda by which to judge the program's success, and to advance the way research is communicated between researchers and to the general public. Toward these goals, the study employs a qualitative research design in which interviews are conducted with key participants from the program's pilot phase. Results provide early, subjective evidence that the rating system will be successful, so long as it is able to adapt and evolve amidst the complexity and volatility of the development world.
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