Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Bank of America Charitable Foundation provides $500,000 grant to support LEED for Neighborhood Development and green schools
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Bank of America today announced that ten affordable housing projects have been selected as the inaugural grantees of the Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program, which provides a $25,000 cash award and educational resources to help each project pursue LEED for Neighborhood Development certification, USGBC’s newest green rating system released earlier this year.
Funding for the Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program is one component of a broader $500,000, two-year grant provided by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The grant also provides educational resources and training to school districts to promote the LEED for Existing Buildings for Schools certification, which allows existing schools to retrofit their facilities.
The 2010 Affordable Green Neighborhoods grant recipients are
- 9th and Berks TOD, Philadelphia, PA
- Church Lane Gardens, East St Louis, IL
- Clackamas Heights Redevelopment, Oregon City, OR
- Jordan Downs, Los Angeles, CA
- Lamar Station TOD, Lakewood, CO
- Old Colony Redevelopment, Boston, MA
- Sunnydale Hope SF, San Francisco, CA
- The Village at Market Creek, San Diego, CA
- Veterans Place at The Lancaster Corridor, Dallas, TX
- Wyandanch Rising, Wyandanch, NY
In addition to registering for LEED for Neighborhood Development certification, each affordable housing project also had demonstrate efforts to strengthen the surrounding neighborhoods, commitment to engage stakeholders in the development process, and the provision of green housing for a range of income levels.
“Through the very generous support of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, ten communities across the country will see the transformation of vacant or underutilized land in thriving existing neighborhoods into walkable, compact developments,” said Roger Platt, senior vice president, Global Policy and Law, USGBC. “The recipients have demonstrated a commitment toward strengthening their communities by providing healthy, affordable green housing to citizens with a range of income levels.”
“Supporting environmentally healthy communities is one way Bank of America is helping set opportunity in motion to revitalize local economies and neighborhoods,” said Alex Liftman, Global Environmental Executive, Bank of America. “We congratulate all of the Affordable Green Neighborhoods grantees for their outstanding projects, and hope that by offsetting the cost of LEED for Neighborhood Development training and certification, we can help advance environmentally sustainable community planning.” LEED for Neighborhood Development integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building, while benefitting communities by reducing urban sprawl, increasing transportation choices and decreasing automobile dependence, encouraging healthy living, and protecting threatened species.
“The Affordable Green Neighborhoods grant will provide the financial support to successfully complete the Clackamas Heights Redevelopment in a highly green and sustainable manner,” said grant recipient Mary Bradshaw, Development Project Manager for the Clackamas Heights Redevelopment Housing Authority of Clackamas County (HACC). “HACC recognizes the importance of third-party certification through the LEED for Neighborhood Development program as integral to our future success.”
The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program selection committee consisted of the following affordable housing and smart growth experts
- Dana Bourland, Vice President of Green Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners
- Carlton Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Full Spectrum NY
- Anita Hairston, Senior Associate, PolicyLink
- David Leopold, Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Banking, Bank of America
- Casius Pealer, Gulf Coast Director, Builders of Hope
- Benjamin de la Peña, Associate Director for Urban Development, The Rockefeller Foundation
- Tim Torma, Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Communities, U.S. EPA
To learn more about the Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program, visit usgbc.org/affordablegreenneighborhoods.