LEED-ND Proves Effective at Reducing Driving

Using complex transportation modeling, new research published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research confirms that developments built to the standards of LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) reduce driving and associated emissions.

"Confirming previous analysis, newly published research indicates that real estate development located, designed and built to the standards of LEED for Neighborhood Development will have dramatically lower rates of driving than average development in the same metropolitan region," reports Kaid Benfield, who helped develop the standards with colleagues at the NRDC, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the US Green Building Council. "In particular, estimated vehicle miles per person trip for twelve LEED-ND projects that were studied in depth ranged from 24 to 60 percent of their respective regional averages."

"For this reader, the study confirmed once again that shortening driving trip distances through central locations (as in redevelopment sites) is the single most important thing we can do to reduce vehicle miles traveled and associated carbon and other emissions," says Benfield.

Full Story: How LEED-ND standards reduce driving and associated emissions: new research

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