Now on the market: Minnesota's Dynamic Green Home
A healthy and energy efficient home for a low-income family is now on the market in St. Paul, MN, with the help of a partnership between the USGBC Minnesota Chapter and the Frogtown Community Development Corporation.
The Frogtown CDC, serving the diverse and primarily low-income Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul, purchased a foreclosed home in need of repair and worked with the chapter on the renovation. With the support of a USGBC Chapter Impact Grant, the Minnesota Chapter galvanized volunteers and chapter sponsors to restore the home in a sustainable fashion.
Select elements of the restoration, including the painting and landscaping, were coupled with education sessions for the neighborhood to help community members bring healthy, energy efficient strategies to their own homes. Through the project the Chapter presented to 65 attendees at the green home renovation seminars and engaged 95 volunteers in the home restoration process.
Based on this success, the Chapter was able to secure funding from Wells Fargo to complete two more homes in 2014.