5:50 pm - Mon, Jan 7, 2013

CNU 21: Living Community Registration Now Open

Registration for CNU 21: Living Community is now OPEN. Take advantage of our Early Bird rates by signing up before April 24th, 2013.

CNU 21 Living Community will be held in gorgeous downtown Salt Lake City , May 29 - June 1, 2013. Living Community balances the demands of physical, social, economic, and environmental values by connecting people to place and awakening in us a stewardship for our land and each other.

Stewardship is tangible. It is measured by how well we care for the people around us, the places we make and the land that hosts us. This year’s Congress will delve into these issues, contemplate the role of cities within nature and place within cities.

Join Plenary Speakers Richard Louv, Sarah Susanka, Chuck Marohn, Andres Duany, and many, many more at CNU 21. Register today!image

4:16 pm - Mon, Oct 1, 2012

Wanted: Artwork for CNU Charter Book

Want to get published in the new CNU Charter Book (McGraw-Hill, 2013)? 

Give us your best shot! (or drawing, illustration, rendering, etc). 
Please include a short caption: what principle does your photo/illustration show?
Email to: Emily Talen, CNU Charter Book editor, etalen@gmail.com
Deadline: November 1, 2012
Resolution: at least 300 dpi at target size
Black and white only (you can submit color, but they will be converted to B&W). Please only submit your own material or material for which you have (or can easily obtain) the copyright.
Thank you!
2:23 pm - Fri, Sep 28, 2012

America’s urban terrain has not exactly seen an explosion in high-density development since introduction of LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND), an innovative neighborhood-wide sustainability rating system pilot program launched in 2007—just as the Great Recession was about to dig in. With the economic downturn laying waste to so many best-laid plans, it is no great surprise that activity has been slow to emerge in districts pursuing certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the Congress for the New Urbanism.”

3:10 pm - Wed, Jul 18, 2012

The 2010 video “shows the power of LEED-ND to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create low carbon communities.”

2:08 pm - Wed, Jun 6, 2012

Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program

A lack of affordable housing remains one of the most critical problems facing metropolitan regions across the country.  According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, over 6.5 million low income families spend more than 50% of their incomes on housing and utility costs.  Further burdening low income families is the fact that less expensive housing is often located far from job centers and transit, which results in even higher costs for housing when transportation costs and increased vehicle miles traveled (VMT) are considered.  LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) encourages locations that reduce VMT and are proximate to jobs and services by foot or transit.  With reduced transportation costs and the option to walk or ride to work, school, or local services, LEED-ND projects with affordable housing can bring the environmental benefits such as green homes and infrastructure, health benefits such as walkable streets, economic benefits such as new jobs, and social benefits such as new parks and access to fresh food to low income and working families.

With generous support from the Bank of America Foundation, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is pleased to offer a grant program that recognizes affordable housing developers who are committed to building sustainable communities.  The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will award grants and provide educational resources to affordable housing developers and related public agencies who choose to pursue LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development certification. Preference will be given to qualifying projects that meet additional goals, including the redevelopment of infill and previously developed sites, effort to strengthen the surrounding neighborhoods, commitment to engage stakeholders in the development process, and the provision of green housing for a range of income levels.  

For more on this program, click here.

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