The Woodlands Becomes World’s Largest Master Planned Community to Achieve LEED Precertification

"The Woodlands, a master-planned community in Houston, and Bridgeland, a new master-planned community, are the first MPCs in Texas to reach LEED precertification by the U.S. Green Building Council."

The Howard Hughes Corporation announced that its two award-winning master planned communities—The Woodlands and Bridgeland, both located in the Greater Houston area—have earned LEED precertification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Woodlands and Bridgeland join an elite global group of entities recognized by LEED for being dedicated to making their communities healthy, resilient, inclusive, and inherently sustainable for residents.

“Our work to achieve LEED precertification of The Woodlands—a large-scale, award-winning community that opened in 1974 and is today home to over 120,000 residents—illustrates the Howard Hughes Corporation’s commitment to the long-term vision of founder George Mitchell for creating a self-sustaining ecosystem, one that anticipated to a remarkable degree almost 50 years ago the principles of ESG that today guide development across our national portfolio,” said David R. O’Reilly, chief executive officer of Howard Hughes Corp.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) framework helps cities and communities measure their progress toward sustainable development. LEED for Cities and Communities is designed to help local leaders execute responsible, sustainable and specific plans for natural systems, energy, water, waste, transportation and other factors contributing to quality of life. It aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and is influenced by engagement with hundreds of cities around the globe.

“A sustainable community strives to offer its residents a higher standard of living,” Peter Templeton, Interim CEO of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), said. “LEED-certified communities are taking action and delivering measurable outcomes that improve overall quality of life for residents. Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection, building more resilient communities is crucial. The Woodlands and Bridgeland’s LEED precertification demonstrates their leadership in this area.”

Over 28 percent of the 28,500-acre master-planned community The Woodlands is devoted to green space. The Woodlands has 151 parks, forest preserves, 220 miles of hiking and biking trails. Also, over 120,000 residents live within the master-planned community.

Bridgeland also includes 28 percent green space, according to The Howard Hughes Corporation. It was named the best selling community in the Greater Houston area by RCLCO Real Estate Consulting and has a goal of 65,000 residents when all homes are built.

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a healthy, resilient, and equitable future. For more than 20 years, USGBC has been advancing green building practices through the development of LEED—the world's most widely used green building program. With the support of thousands of members, volunteers and partners, USGBC provides robust green building education courses, a rigorous professional credentialing program, and advocates for effective public policies. It convenes an international network of green building and sustainability leaders through the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo and forward-thinking programs, including the Center for Green Schools. For more information on these programs, visit usgbc.org

About The Woodlands

The Woodlands, a 28,500-acre award-winning master planned community located 27 miles north of downtown Houston, is home to 120,000 people and nearly 64,000 people work in the community. The Woodlands offers an unprecedented 28% of green space and was recognized two consecutive years as the #1 Best Community to Live in America by Niche. It has received numerous past accolades including the Vision Award and Development of Distinction from the Urban Land Institute; four-time recipient of "Humanitarian of the Year" and "Trailblazer of the Year" in 2018 by the Greater Houston Builders Association; American Trail Developer Award; Environmental Planning Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Texas Chapter Houston Section. For more information visit www.thewoodlands.com/about/index.asp

About Bridgeland

Bridgeland is an award-winning master planned community located in Cypress, Texas, and is ranked as the top-selling master planned community in the Greater Houston area, #2 in Texas and #15 in the nation.. Within its 11,500 acres, Bridgeland has over 3,000 acres dedicated to lakes, trails and parks. Residents can enjoy resort-style pools, 60 parks and stocked lakes where they can fish and kayak. Lakeland Village Center is the first of four retail centers in Bridgeland with additional plans for a town center. For more information visit Bridgeland.com.

About The Howard Hughes Corporation

The Howard Hughes Corporation is a company that owns, manages, and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. It has a preeminent portfolio of master planned communities in many locations, including Downtown Columbia, Maryland; The Woodlands, Texas; Summerlin, Las Vegas; Ward Village in Honolulu; and Douglas Ranch in Phoenix. The company's properties are strategically positioned to meet demand from potential buyers. It is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and for its commitment to the cultural life of its communities. For additional information visit www.howardhughes.com.

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