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Green affordable housing

Green building offers opportunities to reduce energy and resource consumption. When we use less energy, our utility costs drop and our savings rise.

Green housing also offers superior indoor air quality to protect residents’ health and reduce healthcare costs. It often provides better access to public transit and local amenities, decreasing the need for costly fuel and car trips.

To that end, USGBC together with Enterprise Community Partners coordinate the Public Housing Authority Sustainability Network to discuss ideas and best practices on ways to share the benefits of green building within the community. The PHA Sustainability Network allows sustainability staff at public housing authorities nationwide to collect and share green building ideas and successes through a website, monthly live conference calls and occasional webinars.

USGBC is also a co-founder member of the Green Affordable Housing Coalition, a national network that fosters collaboration and advocates for the development of green affordable housing. The coalition provides USGBC and fellow members with an opportunity to share best practices and the latest research, coordinate advocacy efforts and network with organizations with a shared mission: to make affordable housing green.

We support: the integration of sustainable building with the principles of social and economic justice. We believe green housing and its many benefits should be available to all families, regardless of income level.

Related Campaign

Learn more about our campaign for green affordable housing.

Market Brief: Green Homes are Better Homes

View the brief on the green homes and the transforming market.