Five Chicago-area neighborhoods sign on to LEED pilot program

We posted recently about a green building initiative in the South Chicago neighborhood, part of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Neighborhood Development pilot program.

We thought it worth noting that four other Chicagoland projects are part of the program, too: 108 North State Street, which is rising on the infamous Block 37 in the Loop, Prairie Crossing – Station Village in northwest suburban Grayslake, Whistler Crossing in south suburban Riverdale and Briar Ridge in north suburban Northfield.

A complete list of program participants is available in this .pdf document.

LEED, or Leedership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a program aimed at creating a national standard for green building. The neighborhood pilot program will test the viability of a LEED certification program for large-scale and mixed-use developments that comprise either an entire neighborhood, a fraction of a neighborhood or multiple neighborhoods.

After the pilot’s completion, the full program is expected to launch in early 2009.

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