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2016 AFFORDABLE GREEN NEIGHBORHOODS GRANT PROGRAM

Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) believes that buildings' relationships to each other, the broader built and natural environment, and the people they serve have a profound impact on sustainability, including social equity and human health. As such, USGBC and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation are pleased to announce the fourth round of this effort to provide supporting grants and educational resources to developers of affordable housing projects that are seeking certification under LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND). Applications will be evaluated on various environmental and social criteria, including creating a mixed-income community, redeveloping infill and previously developed sites, engaging stakeholders in the development process, and revitalizing both the project area and the surrounding community. Up to five LEED ND registered projects in the US will be selected by a review panel to receive an award package valued at up to $44,497.

The goal of the Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program is to build capacity amongst the developers of affordable housing to pursue LEED for Neighborhood Development certification for their projects. Projects that best meet the stated criteria and elevate the design and sustainability of an affordable green neighborhood will be selected.

Open Appliciation.

Texas top state for sustainability

HOUSTON (Houston Business Journal) – The Lone Star State was the top state for corporate and community sustainability in 2016, according to Site Selection magazine. ?

Additionally, Dallas ranked second among metro areas nationwide, and Houston ranked seventh. Boston took the top spot.

The index looks at where socially responsible companies are based or growing and incorporates factors such as clean? tech and green industry activity, energy awareness, the built environment, redevelopment of polluted sites, policy, and human well-being and quality of life.?

Site Selection praised? Toyota's new North American headquarters in Plano for having a solar power installation, and highlighted the other renewable energy efforts underway in the state. It also found Texas ranked high in LEED certification and LEED certification per capita.

The magazine found that Dallas and Houston were doing well in terms of walkability. Experts claim that there is a high correlation between walkability and high GDP per capita.

Houston has been 'transformative' with eco-friendly sports arenas, exec says:

Author: Cara Smith

An Oregon-based international nonprofit wants to see a little more green in the world of sports.

That's not a reference to money, though — the Green Sports Alliance is dedicated to promoting environmentally conscious practices in athletic stadiums around the world. The alliance just spent a week in the Bayou City for its annual summit, where it awards noteworthy stadiums in each major sports league for being a green innovator. Among MLS stadiums, Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium nabbed top honors.

The alliance works with nearly every major sports league in the U.S., including the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and Major League Soccer.

The conference brought between 700 to 800 people to Houston and had around 500 to 600 hotel nights booked for the conference, said Justin Zeulner, Green Sports Alliance co-founder and executive director. While they were here, Green Sports Alliance members dined at Underbelly, Reef and The Grove; most attendees stayed at the Hilton Americas or the Westin Houston Downtown, he said. It was the four-year-old conference's first time in the Bayou City, but it won't be its last, Zeulner said.

This is the Green Sports Alliance's first time in Houston. What's your experience been like? Our experience in Houston has been extraordinary. And, if I may, Houston is setting the state and exemplifying what the state of Texas has been all about. We’re feeling like we're being welcomed to Texas.

How does Houston stack up nationally in terms of its green stadium offerings?Houston, in my opinion, (has been) transformative in the last decade. University of Houston and Rice have both exemplified that, even at the collegiate level. Whether it's student athletics or the facilities themselves, they've done an incredible job. … BBVA (Compass Stadium) has embraced this at a level that others are trying to get to. BBVA, for a soccer facility, has done more than (most) in Major League Soccer.

What makes a green stadium "green"? So, you've got the core competencies of a green building, (such as) energy efficiencies, water conservation and greener cleaning … and transportation, transit, biking, waste strategies (and) food donation strategies. Where this really gets interesting, and what sports provides that no other industries do, is the amplification of what they’re doing, and the inspiration that brings to a local region.

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Homebuilder earns national honors for thinking green with 26 LEED-certified homes in 2015

Author: Shelby Hodge

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), based in Washington D.C., has announced the 2015 LEED Homes Award winners and Houston'sFrankel Building Group garnered top honors as "Outstanding Single Family Builder." 

In the last year, Frankel completed 28 custom homes, each built to LEED for Homes standards. Twenty-six of those are either already LEED-certified or are on the path to certification.

In announcing the awards, USGBC noted, "At the forefront of sustainable residential building, Frankel Building Group continues to show its commitment through the design and construction of LEED-certified homes. Frankel Building Group puts an emphasis on homeowner education and continues to promote the LEED program in its market."

The Home Awards are given to recognize projects, architects, developers, and homebuilders "who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in the residential green building marketplace."

The firm is led by its chairman and founder Jim Frankel, a custom home builder in Houston for more than two decades. He is joined by his sons Kevin and Scott, who share the titles of co-president and principal.

In addition, Frankel was one of several firms doing business in the Houston area receiving USBGC LEED Homes Power Builder status. That designation recognizes "an elite group of developers and builders who have exhibited an outstanding commitment to LEED and the green building movement within the residential sector." Among Homes Power Builder companies doing business in Houston are the Houston-based Dinerstein Companies and AMLI Residential.

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View the USGBC announcement for the award.