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Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities



Between 2012 + 2016, Raimi + Associates worked with the non-profit Global Green USA to offer direct technical assistance in sustainable neighborhood planning and design to diverse communities across the United States. These communities have included Burlington (VT); Louisville (KY); Oakland (CA); Cary (NC); Eden Prairie (MN); Lakewood (CO), and Phoenix (AZ). The work is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Sustainable Communities.

Most technical assistance engagements included an intensive, three-day working visit and a recommendations report with identify planning and design interventions that promote sustainability, health, and equity in the target neighborhood. During each site visit, the team completed extensive site analysis and review of existing policy, used the LEED for Neighborhood Development framework to identify neighborhood strengths and weaknesses, and engaged the community and stakeholders in an iterative conversation about future opportunities for the neighborhood. As a result of this project, many communities have been implementing the recommendations through local planning projects.

Client: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Global Green U.S.A.

Timeframe: 2012 - 2016


  • Used LEED-ND to evaluate existing neighborhoods and promote sustainable development.


  • Conducted technical assistance in 7 communities across the country.


  • Focused on promoting sustainable development in disadvantaged and ethnically diverse communities.

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