Green Codman Square – LEED-ND Charrette

Posted September 27th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, News

Green Codman Square! Make it walkable, workable, well-built and full of beautiful green spaces!

A new partnership between local organizations Codman Square NDC and Talbot Norfolk Triangle Neighbors United (TNTNU) and local and national agencies has been formed to unite the community around a vision of becoming a model sustainable urban neighborhood based on the best of LEED‐ND practices. The public is invited to take part in two evening planning sessions on October 1 and 3 that are part of a larger planning charette to bring an innovative design to the Talbot Norfolk Triangle area. These evening meetings will take place at the Great Hall in Codman Square (6 Norfolk St.) from 6 – 8 p.m. on Oct. 1 and 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Oct. 3. Check out a LEED-ND Press Release or read in more depth about the Codman charrette schedule.

CSNDC and TNTNU and their partners, including Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), City of Boston, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), will focus on ways to improve the experience of living and working in Codman Square using LEED‐ND (LEED for Neighborhood Development). The local partners and the national project team will take the best from LEED to help “green” Codman Square/TNT. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a set of green building and sustainable development standards created by the USGBC. LEED is a nationally recognized, consensus‐based standard that embodies industry best practices. LEED‐ND, in particular, deals with community development issues such as urban form, walkability, access to transportation and transportation options, access to green space and recreation, stormwater management, and public safety, as well as green building. The project team will hold a three‐day charrette from October 1‐3 to coordinate plans for the first LEED‐ND certified neighborhood in Dorchester.

The charrette will begin the evening of October 1st with an “Introduction to LEED‐ND” program open to all from 6‐8pm at the Great Hall. Throughout the charrette, the national team will convene with local experts, CSNDC and City of Boston/BRA staff, TNTNU Steering Committee members, and community stakeholders for two intensive work days investigating intersections between current plans for the TNT neighborhood and the LEED‐ND certification requirements, and develop a LEED‐ND scorecard and work plan to guide ongoing work. The charrette will close out Wednesday evening (October 3) with a public presentation in the community that summarizes the work process, key goals, and Codman Square/TNT LEED‐ND work plan. To learn more, have your voice be heard, and get involved, visit www.csndc.com or call 617‐825‐4224. To learn more about LEED-ND, visit  http://www.nrdc.org/cities/smartgrowth/files/citizens_guide_LEED-ND.pdf.

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