Neighborhood Development Committee - Past Events

2011 LEED Neighborhood Development Symposium

Last October, the Gulf Coast region scaled up sustainability to focus on greening developments and neighborhoods. Attendees joined our region's leading development professionals for an interactive seminar about the new LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) standards--the first national system for neighborhood design that integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building.

Keynote Speaker Doug Farr, Chair of LEED ND’s Core Committee and national expert on neighborhood development, opened the seminar with an in depth look at the current state of sustainable development in Houston and provided pertinent information on how LEED ND can be applied. Regional experts Brian Attaway with Trammell Crow Company , Andy Icken with the City of Houston and Jeff Taebel with Houston-Galveston Area Council, also spoke and helped guide discussion throughout the seminar.
Attendees were led through a hands-on exploration of the new LEED ND standard and learned how to apply this system in our region by examining four regional case studies which included City Centre, MDI Superfund Site, Midtown Livable Center and Mission Road Power Plant/San Antonio.

Keep an eye out for more information on the 2012 LEED ND Symposium. If you weren't able to join us in 2011, make sure you don't miss out again!

Road to Rio +20

In March 2012, the USGBC Texas Gulf Coast Chapter and its LEED ND Committee partnered with the national U.S. Green Building Council, the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Environment Programme to bring the national roadshow “Road to Rio +20” to Houston. The traveling series of events took place throughout North America as well as other locations around the world to explore the role of buildings and urban environments in the green economy in the lead up to the Rio +20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For citizens, businesses, and governments, the 2012 Rio +20 Conference represented an opportunity to assess 20 years of progress on the environment and to generate renewed will and concrete actions towards a sustainable future.

Attendees heard from Andy Icken, the Chief Development Officer for the City of Houston, and several other local business and government officials join him to discuss regional examples of success and challenges. Because of this event, the Texas Gulf Coast population was able to be a part of the global dialogue on how green building policies, programs, and technologies are fueling a sustainable future and green economy.