Global Green USA’s Green Urbanism programme has certified its third sustainable planning project through the new LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, the most number of projects certified by any organization in the country through this system that combines smart growth, walkable urbanism and green building.
All three projects were certified through the pilot version of the LEED-ND rating system and are among the handful of projects that were certified across the country and the world, including the Olympic Villages in Beijing and Vancouver. The three projects certified by Global Green in collaboration with its planning and development partners are:
The Holy Cross Project – This 1.25 acre site in New Orleans includes both for-sale and rental affordable housing, neighborhood-serving retail, and a community center and has served as a model for the sustainable redevelopment in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. With extensive use of green building techniques, including LEED Platinum rated homes, this project is approximately 25% complete. Global Green is the developer of this Silver rated neighborhood development with lead funding support from The Home Depot Foundation.
Cornfields Arroyo Seco Specific Plan – A plan to guide the development of 660 acres east of downtown Los Angeles on both sides of the Los Angeles River, the plan includes three light rail stations and design guidelines to promote walkability, the preservation of high value light industrial land, and access to and restoration of the river. Global Green worked with the Los Angeles Department of City Planning to certify this plan.
Miraflores – On the severely contaminated site of a former commercial nursery, this 14.5 acre plan combines market-rate for-sale and affordable senior housing with creek restoration, bike trail access, and a significant urban agriculture component that will serve as a buffer from a nearby freeway. Global Green worked with the City of Richmond Redevelopment Agency on the Gold rated plan.