Both programs foster sustainability and sustainable development at the neighborhood scale.
LEED-ND focuses on the urban planning and design of new developments to meet specific criteria for one-time certification. (Mueller in Austin was a LEED-ND pilot neighborhood, it is now Silver LEED-ND certified.) EcoDistricts focus on partnerships across a broad group of stakeholders to advance shared goals. Unlike LEED-ND, the EcoDistrict framework promotes community engagement and behavior on an ongoing basis — and is applicable to existing neighborhoods.