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NRDC is pursuing replicable solutions for sustainability in the places where people live, work, and play. One of the most important of these models is the neighborhood, where increments of development actually occur and where most people connect with their cities, their environments, and each other on an everyday basis. This is where change occurs and is experienced immediately.

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NRDC has taken major steps to influence the shape and character of development at the neighborhood scale.

Neighborhood Revitalization

NRDC has formed an exciting partnersip with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to reduce the country’s environmental footprint by changing the way urban revitalization is conducted in America.


We conceived and developed LEED for Neighborhood Development, along with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), which is the first set of national standards to guide new development to the right places with the right sustainable design. Read more: LEED for Neighborhood Development, USGBC, CNU

Everyone can find out what they, the citizen, can do to advocate for sustainable practices by checking out NRDC’s Citizen's Guide to Neighborhood Development.

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