The LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) program assisted affordable housing developers and city planning staff to advance their environmental goals and create models of sustainable neighborhoods. Among the projects certified by Global Green in collaboration with its planning and development partners are The Holy Cross Project, Cornfields Arroyo Seco Specific Plan, Miraflores, Jordan Downs Revitalization Plan, Sunnydale, Rebuild Potrero, Lafitte, and Century Villages at Cabrero. A few of these projects are highlighted here.
Global Green conducted the LEED-ND Stage 1 Certification for this project. We worked with developer BRIDGE Housing, and the architect, Van Meter Williams Pollack, to bring architectural and neighborhood planning and design strategies in line with the sustainability principles of LEED-ND. The project has been awarded LEED-Gold.
Background: Rebuild Potrero, a $2 billion plan to revitalize and rebuild two of the oldest public housing developments in San Francisco, has recently entered an important new phase as city planners approved the Final Environmental Impact Report in December 2015. Potrero Terrace and Potrero Annex Development sit on 38 acres on Potrero Hill and stand to be transformed from 60 buildings erected in the 1940s into as many as 1,700 new units of affordable housing. The current median income for residents is $14,600 and only 56% have graduated from high school. New accommodations will also be accompanied by community spaces, retail facilities, park space and transit infrastructure. Nonprofit developer BRIDGE Housing is leading the redevelopment and working with planning and architecture firm Van Meter Williams Pollack.
Century Villages at Cabrillo
Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC) serves as steward, manager, and coordinator for a 27-acre campus community in Long Beach, CA. CVC creates the physical and social conditions where collaborating programs can succeed in overcoming homelessness. As a social enterprise, CVC engages in property management, real estate development, and community development activities, all uniformly geared around the vision of breaking the cycle of homelessness.
CVC has developed a LEED Platinum multi-unit affordable housing project on the campus, and wants to expand their sustainable vision to the rest of the campus. Global Green and the USGBC conducted a charrette with CVC to establish a project boundary for LEED-ND Certification, confirm the most appropriate version of LEED-ND to use, identify any prerequisite concerns and determine solutions, and establish a certification timeline. We are continuing to aid CVC in official LEED-ND certification alongside City Fabrick, as they re-design the campus Master Plan.