Each of Nashville’s neighborhoods has its own flavor, from the hipster-stomping ground of 12 South and the historic homes of Germantown to the intellectual crowd of West End. But only one neighborhood is known for its commitment to sustainable living – the Gulch.
Just south of downtown, the Gulch is only one of thirteen certified LEED ND Silver neighborhoods in the world. Overseen by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED ND “integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design.” Here’s what that means:
• Within a quarter-mile walk , 1,123 daily bus rides are available
• Within a half-mile walk, 6,124 area jobs are located
• On-street parking is available on 73 percent of new streets
• Fifty-eight percent of businesses and residents are within a quarter mile of bike and walking paths
• Thirteen diverse uses and amenities (post office, gym, church) are within a half-mile walk
• Eighty-two percent of old Javanco/Farber buildings were reused to create mixed-use projects
• Music City Star commuter rail shuttle has 37 daily stops at five Gulch locations
• Using efficient LED traffic signals saves 90 percent in energy costs vs. old signals
Plus, the Station Inn and Yazoo Brewing Company live in the Gulch.
Statistics found at explorethegulch.com/leed-certification.