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<< Back to: ICLEI e-News | issue 9, August - September 2007

North American ICLEI Members selected for LEED-ND program

Several ICLEI Members in the U.S.A. and Canada have been selected to participate in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighbourhood pilot program. The ICLEI Member projects selected are described below: Oberlin (U.S.A.) – East College Street Project.  This 1 hectare (2.5 acre) project of Sustainable Community Associates is the first major commercial development since 1958 in the historic downtown of Oberlin.  The developers cleaned up a property once occupied in part by an auto body shop, dry cleaner, and a gas station.  The site is being turned into a three-story, mixed-use building containing 1.171 square meters (12,600 square feet) of retail and 49 residential units.  The retail space will be leased only to local owners.  There is also to be 929 sqaure meters (10,000 square feet) of publicly accessible open space for concerts and markets, along with underground and surface parking. Milwaukee (U.S.A.) – The North End.  This is a 3.24 square meter (eight acre) redevelopment in Milwaukee’s newest downtown neighbourhood on the Milwaukee River near downtown.  The largest project in the city’s Park East area, it calls for condominium units, rental apartments, and retail space in several mid-rise buildings on the site of a former tannery. New York City (U.S.A.) – Columbia University Proposed Expansion. This expansion in on a 6.88 hectare (17 acre) area of Upper Manhattan Island just north of Columbia’s historic Morningside Heights campus.  The area consists primarily of four large blocks, the goal being to move away from ad-hoc growth of university buildings toward an urban academic environment woven into the fabric of the surrounding community.  The plan includes more than 631,741 squre metres (6.8 million square feet) for teaching, research, underground parking, and support services, while creating new facilities for civic, cultural, recreational, and commercial activity.  It calls for pedestrian-friendly streets and publicly accessible open spaces that reconnect West Harlem to the Hudson River waterfront park now under construction. Edmonton (Canada) – Strathearn Masterplan.  This is a 9.06 hectare (22.4 acre) neighbourhood center that includes 1,750 units and 929 square meters (10,000 square feet) of retail space. Fayetteville (U.S.A.) – Huntsville Road Habitat Neighborhood.  A 3.24 hectare (eight acre) infill affordable housing plan with shared streets, high-density housing, rain gardens and other sustainable storm water management systems that will be designed, built and studied. The program is created with CNU and the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Approximately 250 projects registered to be part of the program.