On Tuesday, SFBC leaders spoke before 80+ members of Broward Chapter of the US Green Building Council and guests. Architects, planners, a few engineers and a couple political figures came to hear the panel discuss ‘Planning for Sustainable Communities’ with a focus on bicycling, walking and transit use. Some of you asked about what you might have missed so here are some highlights.
The USGC is the non-profit trade group that developed the LEED-rating system which is used across the United States to determine how ‘green’/energy-efficient a building, development or neighborhood is. Fundamental to ‘LEED’ is site placement, or where the building is located. The general idea is: You could build a zero-emission big-box store but if it ends up creating thousands of car trips, it can’t really be ‘green.’
We talked about making transit work for people, improving the function of bus stops, what people want from bicycle parking, the why and how of bike lanes and other (often even better) kinds of road infrastructure. A frightful show of hands told us most present were unfamiliar with the ‘Complete Streets‘ concept, a state-mandated planning model that SFBC has frequently had to go to court to uphold.
We’re proud to say that the event was such a success, the USGBC is asking us to take it on the road, bringing our presentations to Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and hopefully beyond, as well.