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Philadelphia champions kick off of the Affordable Housing Summit

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Next month we’re excited to welcome visitors from around the world to Philadelphia for the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

It will be a busy week of tours, education sessions and industry events, and we’re looking forward to kicking off the Affordable Housing Summit on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 19, with “The Philadelphia Story.” The panel discussion will include Deborah McColloch, director of the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development, Sister Mary Scullion of Project HOME, and me, policy and program manager for the Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability.

As a center for culture and commerce for more than 300 years, Philadelphia has emerged as an urban sustainability leader, with the ambitious commitments and achievements of Mayor Michael Nutter’s Greenworks plan as its guide. The mayor’s plan has been a success in many regards, and just last week Philadelphia’s Paseo Verde, a mixed used housing and commercial project near the Temple University regional rail station, became the first project in the country to earn a Platinum certification under the LEED for Neighborhood Development system.

The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS) coordinates the implementation of Greenworks goals, ranging from energy conservation to social equity, environmental quality and economic development. MOS is thrilled to be joining two Philadelphia green affordable housing champions to talk about some of the many, many stories that illustrate how Philadelphia’s commitment to sustainability is playing out in the affordable housing sector.

In the panel discussion McColloch will discuss how the city government is guiding development work to meet both sustainability and affordable housing priorities. Sister Mary will highlight Connelly House, a facility that provides critically needed affordable housing to 79 formerly homeless men and women. The building is in the center of Philadelphia's business district, at 13th and Market streets, just a few blocks from the Convention Center, and has been accredited by the American Institute of Architects award for Community Design and achieved both Enterprise Green Communities and LEED certifications.

By the way, full and partial scholarships to the Affordable Housing Summit are available to attendees who are employed by non-profit organizations or public entities. To apply for a scholarship complete the application survey.

We hope you can join us at the Affordable Housing Summit and on some of the many green building tours that will provide participants a chance to visit the sites presented in this session.

See you in November! 

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Policy and Program Manager, Mayor's Office of Sustainability City of Philadelphia

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