Green Homes and Communities

The following resources are being provided to help find smart solutions to today's energy, environmental, and sustainable development challenges.

  • Planning for Food Access and Community-Based Food System
    This American Planning Association study describes how Marin County, California’s comprehensive plan; Philadelphia’s sustainability plan; San Francisco’s sustainability plan; Sacramento, California’s comprehensive plan; and Baltimore’s sustainability plan were the highest scoring plans that addressed food access policies and how to track progress in achieving the plan’s food access goals.  It includes recommendations and a list of strategies that planners and other local government staff can use to integrate clear, comprehensive, and action-oriented food access goals and policies into the local plan-making process.
  • Green Affordable Housing Tool Kit
    Enterprise Green Affordable Housing Policy Toolkit offers a roadmap for state and local governments working on green affordable housing initiatives. The toolkit describes methods to promote green affordable housing, processes for adopting new policies, and detailed guidance on implementation. The toolkit's case studies identify innovative policy from Denver, Washington, D.C., Iowa, Minnesota and Washington State.
  • Enterprise Green Communities
    This website identifies projects funded and certified by Enterprise Green Communities which provides financial support and technical expertise that enables developers to build and rehabilitate homes that are healthier, more energy efficient and better for the environment on a cost-effective basis.
  • Green Development Center
    This website provides examples of Green Development Projects assisted by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation ranging from greening affordable housing and charter schools to transit-oriented development and green jobs.
  • Green and Healthy Homes Initiative
    GHHI is a national partnership between the federal government, national and local philanthropy and local partners that leverages public investments in energy efficiency and weatherization with health and safety measures to ensure a more effective and sustainable use of public and private investments in economically challenged communities. By aligning and coordinating various resources, the GHHI uses a single intervention to fix the problems of each housing unit, while ensuring the work is safe for both residents and workers.
  • Local Government Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development
    This guide explores how the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system can be best used by local gov­ernments to achieve sustainability goals. It includes strategies used in Las Vegas, Albuquerque, New York, San Francisco, Cleveland, Nashville, Portland, and other locations.
  • Green Cities Report
    This report explores innovative approaches and strategies for financing the rehabilitation of energy efficient buildings, the development of green jobs, and improve access to transportation not just to battle climate change but to revitalize neighborhoods, improve air quality and help the local economy. Examples include a multiyear planning process for the Central Corridor transit project connecting downtown Saint Paul to eastern Minneapolis in order to make it a corridor of opportunity.
  • Kansas City's Green Impact Zone
    This 150-block area in the heart of Kansas City's urban core is national model for place-based investment that is designed to jumpstart the long-term transformation of a distressed area using a comprehensive "green" strategy that includes weatherizing every home that needs it, demolishing dangerous buildings, establishing a bus rapid transit system, providing a comprehensive job training and placement program, developing community gardens on vacant land, and expanding the capacity of neighborhood-based organizations. At the edge of the Green Impact Zone, $750,000 CDBG-R funds and almost $2 million in tax credits is being used to build a 69 unit senior facility that will be one of the largest multi-family buildings in Kansas City to meet Energy Star requirements.
  • Green Building
    EPA website contains basic information about green building and funding resources that are available at the national, state and local levels for homeowners, industry, government organizations and nonprofits.
  • Green Communities Criteria
    Provides a clear, cost-effective framework for all kinds of affordable housing: new construction and rehabilitation in multifamily as well as single family buildings.
  • Green Buildings for Cool Cities
  • State Climate Action Plans
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Content current as of February 25, 2020.

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