College of the Environment Graduate and Undergraduate Publications

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College Affiliation

Huxley College of the Environment

Date of Award

Fall 2009

Document Type

Environmental Impact Assessment

Department or Program Affiliation

Department of Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Abel, Troy D.


This report is a mock analysis of the Fairhaven Harbor Development for L.E.E.D.-ND. L.E.E.D.-ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Neighborhood Development) is a pilot program that promotes sustainability and green building. Fairhaven Harbor is a mixed-use neighborhood development located in the historic district of Fairhaven, between 8th street and Harris Avenue on Padden Creek. This development is a prime candidate for L.E.E.D.-ND certification in that it is easily attainable. To be L.E.E.D.-ND certified the development must meet all of the prerequisites for each of the three main categories and score at least 40 credits. Currently the development does not meet the prerequisites. Smart Location and Linkage requires a minimum 100-foot setback from the Padden Creek Estuary. With all prerequisites met, the development would earn 14 credits with the opportunity to earn up to 23 credits if all the alternative actions were implemented. In the second section, Neighborhood Pattern and Design all of the prerequisites are met by the current development plans. This section would achieve 30 credits as is. If the developer followed our alternative actions they could earn up to five extra credits in this section. In the third section, Green Infrastructure and Technology none of the four prerequisites are currently met. At least one building on site must be L.E.E.D. certified. This and all other buildings on site must incorporate infrastructure to maximize water and energy efficiency against the ASHRAE standard. Offsite construction must also adhere to an Erosion and Sedimentation Control plan. Once these prerequisites are met this category will earn one credit. However, this section has the largest opportunity for earning credits with a possible 24 credits if all of our suggested alternative actions are followed. Additional credits can be earned to increase the developments certification level through Innovation and Design and Regional Priority credits. The number of credits to be earned cannot be determined at this time because it requires initial certification.




Community development, Urban--Environmental aspects--Washington (State)--Bellingham, Environmental impact analysis--Washington (State)--Bellingham, Fairhaven (Bellingham, Wash.)--Environmental conditions


Western Washington University

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Subject – LCSH

Community development, Urban--Environmental aspects--Washington (State)--Bellingham; Environmental impact analysis--Washington (State)--Bellingham; Fairhaven (Bellingham; Wash.)--Environmental conditions

Geographic Coverage

Bellingham (Wash.); Fairhaven (Bellingham, Wash.)




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