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Minnesota Green Communities


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Minnesota Green Communities

  1. 1. Minnesota Green Communities A collaboration of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, the Family Housing Fund, and Enterprise
  2. 2. Green Communities Initiative • A $555 million commitment by Enterprise • 8,500 sustainable, affordable homes throughout the United States • Make environmentally friendly building more mainstream among community-based developers
  3. 3. Minnesota Green Communities • Family Housing Fund • Greater Minnesota Housing Fund • Enterprise • Other regional partners on Advisory Committee
  4. 4. Minnesota Green Communities Principles • Affordable housing • Healthy homes and living environments • Energy conservation • Sustainable land use planning
  5. 5. Why is “Green” important for “Affordable” homes?  Healthier homes for parents and children.  Increased income and enhanced opportunities for low-income families.
  6. 6. Green Communities Criteria 1. Integrated Design Process 2. Location and Neighborhood Fabric 3. Site Improvements/Protection 4. Water Conservation 5. Energy Conservation 6. Materials and Resources 7. Healthy Living Environment 8. Operations and Maintenance
  7. 7. MN Green Communities Demonstration Project New San Marco, Duluth 70 unit Permanent Supportive Housing
  8. 8. MN Green Communities 2005 Demonstration Project Ripley Gardens Green Demonstration Project Minneapolis, Minn.
  9. 9. MN Green Communities 2005 Demonstration Project Wellstone Apartments Green Demonstration Project Minneapolis, Minn. Improved design will save $40,000/year on utilities. -Center for Energy and Environment and Weidt Group
  10. 10. MN Green Communities 2005 Demonstration Project Viking Terrace Preservation Green Demonstration Project Worthington, Minn.
  11. 11. Accomplishments In first two years: • 497 homes occupied, 908 being built, 1,645 in planning • Minnesota Housing sustainability policy • Training and education
  12. 12. What's Next? • Rehabilitation Policy • Weatherizing Foreclosed Homes • More Training/TA