Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) for Communities

What is LEED?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. It is a system intended to help communities track progress toward sustainability, net-zero, and equity objectives.

"LEED for Cities and Communities helps local leaders create and operationalize responsible, sustainable and specific plans for natural systems, energy, water, waste, transportation and many other factors that contribute to quality of life—revolutionizing the way cities and communities are planned, developed and operated to improve their overall sustainability and quality of life.

The LEED framework encompasses social, economic and environmental performance indicators and strategies with a clear, data-driven means of benchmarking and communicating progress." - US Green Building Council

LEED is a series a metrics that allow the Town and Village to track progress toward various sustainability and equity goals and compare those metrics to other cities and communities - nationally and internationally. More information can be found on the LEED for Communities website.

About New York Olympic Region Gold Certification

The Development Commission worked with a cohort of students from Clarkson University to achieve Gold level LEED Certification in 2019 as a part of the New York Olympic Region. This includes the Town of North Elba, Village of Lake Placid, Olympic Regional Development Agency (ORDA), and the Lake Placid Central School District.

NYOR is due to certify in 2024. The Town and Village hope to utilize this process alongside their Comprehensive Plan Update process.

NYOR Community Metrics Presentation - Clarkson University, April 2020

Check back for information on the NYOR metrics coming soon!

Contact hbreen@northelba.org for more information.