Welcome to Portland's new waterfront neighborhood
Portland Foreside Development Company is undertaking a monumental effort for Portland, Maine as part of their corporate commitment to sustainability: 58 Fore Street is pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) rating for the entire development.
What is the USGBC?
The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. The Council’s diverse membership includes architects, engineers, designers, corporations, developers, municipalities and campuses throughout the United States.
LEED-ND is a rating system in collaboration among the U.S. Green Building Council, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. LEED-ND is the first national standard for neighborhood design that:
- Encourages neighborhood development projects that protect and enhance the overall health, natural environment, and quality of life of communities
- Promotes the location and design of neighborhoods that reduce auto dependence by providing jobs and services that are accessible by foot, bicycle, or public transit
Key sustainability benefits of the project as it relates to LEED ND include:
- Reducing the risk of obesity, heart disease, and hypertension by integrating physical activities into residents’ daily lives by developing communities that promote walking to and from accessible public transit and amenities
- Encouraging the building of residences and businesses closer together and within existing communities encouraging shorter vehicle trips or other modes of transportation such as walking, biking, and public transit
- Placing a variety of open spaces and parks close to work and home
Reduce the risk of asthma and other respiratory diseases, and reduce air pollution and injuries from vehicle crashes by:
- Providing accessible, safe, and comfortable and creative transit services that are within walking distance of homes and businesses
- Promoting the creation of a dedicated bicycling path that makes biking an easy, efficient, and safe mode of transportation
Increase social connection and sense of community by:
- Providing appealing and comfortable “shared” street environments, parks, and active open spaces for social networking, civic engagement, personal recreation, and other activities that create social bonds between individuals and groups
- Encouraging community participation in project design and planning through community meetings and workshops
Improve mental health by:
- Reducing the amount time spent commuting to work and increasing the amount of time devoted to leisure, community activities, and family
- Providing a variety of active open spaces close to work and home
Encourage healthier diets by:
- Making fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible by promoting community-based markets and local food production