“No building can be considered truly green unless it’s in a green urban neighborhood” — that’s how the Chicago-based Congress for New Urbanism puts it in the press release announcing the 238 pilot projects that will test out the LEED for Neighborhood Developments standard.

Chicagoans involved in the development of these standards include architect Doug Farr, the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Sharon Feigon, and CNU’s John Norquist and Susan Mudd. Chicago-area developments involved in piloting the standards are 108 North State (AKA Block 37), South Chicago LEED ND initiative, Prairie Crossing’s Station Village in Grayslake, Briar Ridge in Northbrook, and Whistler Crossing in Riverdale. (Full list in PDF here).

The voluntary rating system will rank neighborhoods on standards grouped into three categories:

* smart location and linkage, including “brownfield redevelopment” (worth up to 2 points) and “reduced automobile dependence” (up to 8 points);

* neighborhood pattern and design, including “affordable rental housing” (up to 2 points) and “walkable streets” (up to 8 points);

* green construction and technology, including “solar orientation” (1 point) and “stormwater management” (up to 5 points).

Read all the pilot standards so far in a 161-page PDF here.