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Hudson Yards named NYC’s first LEED Gold neighborhood

The certification is a major milestone for the west side community

Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group announced that Hudson Yard’s Eastern Yard, the first phase of the neighborhood which opened in March 2019, was awarded ‘LEED Neighborhood Development’ Gold (LEED-ND) certification, making it the first neighborhood in Manhattan to receive the certification. Awarded by the United States Green Building Council for its green infrastructure, public transportation linkages, pedestrian-friendly community design and overall innovation, this LEED-ND certification furthers Hudson Yards’ position as one of the most sustainable, connected and forward-thinking urban neighborhoods in the country.

The certification encompasses the residential, commercial and mixed-use buildings, platform infrastructure and Public Square & Gardens, all in Hudson Yard’s Eastern Yard.

In 2018, 10 Hudson Yards, one of the city’s most energy-efficient Class A office towers, is LEED Platinum.


“Building a neighborhood from the ground up in the heart of New York City gave us the opportunity to create a blueprint for the future of sustainable urban living,” said L. Jay Cross, President of Hudson Yards.

“Being designated as the first LEED Gold neighborhood in Manhattan underscores our commitment to responsible urban design, building a greener future for New Yorkers, and establishing new benchmarks for cities globally.”

In addition to the impact of its sustainability and resiliency features, Hudson Yards will bring tens-of-thousands of jobs, more than 1,000 units of newly created or preserved affordable housing in and around the neighborhood, 14-acres of public parks and open space, and increased foot traffic and tourism to Manhattan’s West Side.

Aalready contributing more than $10 billion to the City’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during construction and serving as a significant source of revenue to the MTA, once fully developed, Hudson Yards will contribute nearly $19 billion annually to New York City’s GDP, and nearly $1 billion annually in State and City taxes.

“The LEED Gold certification of Hudson Yards is inspiring sustainability at the community level and shows how a healthier, more environmentally responsive design can lead to better-connected centers of urban life,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC.

“Hudson Yards, in the heart of New York City, is to be commended for its achievement and will allow millions of people to experience a LEED certified neighborhood for the first-time. Hudson Yards’ commitment to a sustainable urban future is a model for cities of the future. Through LEED, projects like these bring us closer to a more sustainable, prosperous future.”

“Integrated sustainable design like this is urgently needed to lower carbon emissions, enhance resilience, and rethink what’s possible,” said John Mandyck, CEO of Urban Green Council.

Key features of recognition include:

Built upon a base of green infrastructure, the neighborhood operates on a first-of-its-kind microgrid with two cogeneration plants that saves 25,000 MT of CO2e greenhouse gases (equal to the annual emissions of 5,100 cars) from being emitted annually.

Hudson Yards is a model for stormwater reuse with rainfall collected from rooftops and public spaces and stored in a 60,000-gallon tank in the platform that form the base of the neighborhood. Stormwater is used to irrigate the over 200 mature trees and 28,000 plants in the public park as well as in mechanical systems to conserve potable drinking water, reducing stress on New York’s sewer system.

The Public Square and Gardens at Hudson Yards is New York City’s smartest park featuring a sophisticated layered approach to root growth, nutrient delivery, temperature regulation, irrigation and drainage making it possible to grow 200 mature trees over an active railyard. Beyond the technical feat, the varied horticultural experience and nearly a mile of garden seating walls invites New Yorkers to gather outside, and provides provide an urban oasis for over 225 types of bees, butterflies and other pollinators threatened by habitat loss and climate change.

To encourage a flow of visitor traffic through environmentally conscious mass transportation, Hudson Yards is easily accessible by the No. 7 Subway, Penn Station, three MTA bus lines and the Midtown ferry terminal.

Hudson Yards’ interconnected walkways, greenspace and public landmarks provide outdoor recreation opportunities, including Vessel, an interactive public design piece at the center of the neighborhood that encourages visitors to explore new perspectives, angles and vantage points of Manhattan’s West Side.

Over 1,000 units of affordable housing will be created or preserved in and around the Hudson Yards community, when the project is complete, ensuring it is a sustainable neighborhood for all New Yorkers.

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