F. Kaid Benfield is director of NRDC's smart growth program, which supports innovative solutions to sprawling land development and its associated environmental impacts.
Kaid is a founder and former vice chair of Smart Growth America, a national coalition working on smarter land development policy. His numerous publications include Solving Sprawl (2001) and Once There Were Greenfields (1999), NRDC's definitive books about smart growth and sprawl, and Smart Growth in a Changing World (2007), published by the American Planning Association. He is also a founder and leader of LEED for Neighborhood Development, a national program to evaluate and certify environmentally superior residential, commercial, and mixed-use development. He is a graduate of Emory University and Georgetown University Law Center. Kaid writes (almost) daily about community, development, and the environment on NRDC's Switchboard.