||LEEDÂ®-NDâ¢ is the latest attempt to develop more sustainable urban environs in the
United States. The LEEDÂ®-NDâ¢program was created to provide a green rating system that would improve the quality of life for all people through the inclusion of sustainable development practices. To achieve this, a premium is placed on the locational attributes of proposed projects under the âSmart Location and Linkagesâ credit category. The purpose of this paper is to explore the locational attributes of LEEDÂ®-NDâ¢ projects in the United States to determine if projects are being located in areas that will result in achieving the programâs stated objectives. Specifically, this paper will examine two locational variables (i.e., night-time light intensity and land use cover) through the use of GIS to determine the effectiveness of these criteria.