Affordable Housing is Getting Greener
Lane Powell Shareholder Mike Silvey authored an article in the September 7 issue of Portland Business Journal titled “Affordable Housing is Getting Greener.” In the article, Silvey discusses the U.S. Green Building Council’s neighborhood grant program called LEED for Neighborhood Development, or LEED-ND. He writes about the various projects around the U.S. using these grants to build affordable and sustainable housing. Silvey also discusses nonprofit building organizations that are building sustainably on their own, including Clackamas Community Land Trust’s June Berry Lane Project, which won USGBC’s national award for Outstanding Affordable Housing Project.
The program started in 2010 with a grant provided by Bank of America. In November 2010, the first 10 grantees of the Affordable Green Neighborhoods Program each received $25,000 plus educational resources so that their project could seek LEED-ND certification.
One of the award recipients is the city and county of San Francisco’s Sunnydale project, which is transforming a 50-acre project originally constructed in 1941 into a healthy, mixed-income development. The project incorporates sustainability priorities, such as accessible neighborhood parks and amenities, as well as more efficient energy saving homes.