Sustainable urban development? Exploring the locational attributes of LEED-ND projects in the United States through a GIS analysis of light intensity and land use

Russell M. Smith, Bradley Bereitschaft

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Abstract

LEED®-ND™ is the latest attempt to develop more sustainable urban environs in the United States. The LEED®-ND™ program was created to provide a green rating system that would improve the quality of life for all people through the inclusion of sustainable development practices. To achieve this, a premium is placed on the locational attributes of proposed projects under the "Smart Location and Linkages" credit category. The purpose of this paper is to explore the locational attributes of LEED®-ND™ projects in the United States to determine if projects are being located in areas that will result in achieving the program's stated objectives. Specifically, this paper will examine two locational variables (i.e., night-time light intensity and land use cover) through the use of GIS to determine the effectiveness of these criteria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number547
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume8
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 11 2016

Keywords

  • LEED®-ND™
  • Neighborhood sustainability assessment
  • Sustainable land use
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Urban sustainability
  • VIIRS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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