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Urgent and increasingly popular appreciation for human impact on the environment has ushered in a new wave of innovative green building projects and interest in sustainable development.

Affordable housing projects present a unique set of challenges within the green building movement. Besides emphasis on fundamentals like energy efficiency, sustainable materials, and reduced impact upon the environment, green affordable housing should aspire to incorporate design and materials that help safeguard the health of residents, and be located at sites that provide close access to schools, public transportation, and other essential services.

This online event, sponsored by KnowledgePlex and the Government Innovators Network, assembled a panel of leading experts in green affordable housing development. They highlighted successful models and best practices, outlined standards, and identified the latest funding opportunities and mechanisms. The forum was moderated by Paul Grogan, President & CEO of the Boston Foundation.



Green Communities - Learn more about the Enterprise Green Communities initiative including information on financial resources, green building resources and policy efforts.

  • tour a Green Communities development
  • view case studies of green affordable housing developments in the High Performance Buildings Database, a research database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy

Enterprise Community Partners - helps build affordable housing for low-income Americans by providing financing and expertise to community and housing developers

Jonathan Rose Companies LLC - A network of award-winning multidisciplinary planning and development firms with primary practices in the New York metropolitan area, Connecticut and New England, in the Southwest and in the Rocky Mountain region.

  • resources - information from a developer on the planning and development of diverse, environmentally sound communities


Jackson, Margaret. "City wants its affordable housing to be built ‘green.'Denver Post.  May 7, 2007.

"Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Spitzer open first green affordable housing residential development in New York."  State News Service.  August 14, 2007.

Urban Land Institute. "The Green Quotient: Q&A with Jonathan Rose."  Urban Land.  March 2007.

"Miami-Dade does green affordably symposium." US States News. August 16, 2007.

Almada, Jeanette. "Green building program targets affordable housing." Chicago Tribune. October 7, 2007.

"Enterprise Financing and Technical Assistance Offered to Developers and Nonprofit Community Organizations." PR Newswire. September 26, 2007.

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