Smart Growth America

City of Sanford wins Competitive Award to help with using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) to Accelerate the Development of Sustainable Communities

The City of Sanford’s Planning and Development Services Department submitted an application for Smart Growth America’s free technical assistance workshop in October 2014. The program is in its fourth year and the free workshop helps cities, counties and regional leaders find solutions to local issues and concerns.  The City applied for technical assistance from Smart Growth America to participate in the “Using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) to accelerate the development of sustainable communities” workshop. 

On December 10, 2014, the City of Sanford was notified that the application for the Using LEED-ND tool had been selected by Smart Growth America for free technical assistance. The City of Sanford was selected as one of 14 winning communities from over 120 applications.

“This award is a testament to the hard work the City of Sanford has already done,” said Roger Millar, Vice President of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute. “Our program was more competitive this year than ever before and the City of Sanford stood out as a community doing great work. We’re excited to be able to help you continue on to the next stage of this work.”

“Green neighborhoods produce more business opportunities, jobs, household savings and other fiscal benefits. The City is committed to a smarter and greener future and open to innovative approaches for economic development and sustainable growth. With technical help from Smart Growth America, we can incorporate the smart growth principles in neighborhoods throughout the City,” said Mayor Jeff Triplett.

Smart Growth America offers twelve types of technical assistance workshops that help communities build stronger local economies, protect the environment, preserve sense of place and improve overall quality of life. The technical assistance is funded through a grant to Smart Growth America from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide. From providing more sidewalks to ensuring more homes are built near public transportation or that productive farms remain a part of our communities, smart growth helps make sure people across the nation can live in great neighborhoods.

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On August 4th and 5th, Smart Growth America facilitated a presentation and workshop on using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND). The workshop reviewed the ND rating system, highlighted elements that interface with local regulations, and presented how cities and counties can leverage LEED-ND. The workshop explored the City’s options for incorporating sustainable practices, through the lens of U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-ND program. The workshop also looked at how location, urban design factors, and green infrastructure can help shape development along Sanford’s scenic downtown waterfront and SunRail station area.

Below are the materials presented at the August 4th presentation and August 5th workshop:

AICP CM credits have been approved for the August 4th and August 5th events and can be registered online at the American Planning Association website ( as follows:                                       

AICP CM Credits

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If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jordan Smith, Senior Planner at 407.688.5146 or