Kimberly Lewis

At the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit, you can take part in developing communities through the lenses of resilience, social equity, health and economic opportunity.

The 2016 Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Los Angeles is right around the corner, and we can’t wait to see all the fabulous products on the expo hall floor and learn about the newest in green building innovation through hundreds of educational sessions.

For me, one of the most exciting parts of Greenbuild is always the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Fostering a more inclusive community is a guiding principle for USGBC®, generating concern and passion around what we can do to realize these goals. Join us at the summit to tap into these solutions-based conversations.

USGBC is committed to deepening engagement with communities of low socioeconomic status by at least 20 percent over the next five years, and is already advancing social equity in markets across the world through initiatives such as the LEED Social Equity Pilot Credits, Project Haiti, Green Apple Day of Service and the Greenbuild Legacy Project. Our 2017 ADVANCE campaigns target engagement with organizations related to affordable housing, faith, veterans and others working in communities that traditionally don’t have access to green building expertise and resources.

The Communities and Affordable Homes Summit focuses on the development of vibrant, sustainable communities through the lenses of resilience, social equity, health and economic opportunity. Community and affordable housing developers, sustainability leaders, workforce development professionals and others convene to share their experiences and initiatives in expediting the economic, social and ecological vitality of all communities.

This year’s line-up of speakers is amazing. Dr. Mindy Fullilove, an urban psychologist, will open the summit with a compelling case for repairing the fractured physical and social space of our urban ecosystem, caused by a long history of urban policies that have created division and inequality among communities.

Attendees will choose breakout sessions among four tracks that dive into the details of advancing green buildings and sustainable communities that serve low-status populations:

Financing and Implementing Green People and Partnerships Success Stories Thriving Communities
Creative Financing Solutions for Affordable Housing and Community Projects Sustainable Communities for the 99% Affordable Housing + Gray Water Reuse? Yes We Can Promoting Health through Community Development
Benefiting Tenants with Net Zero Energy Affordable Housing Developments A New Model for Affordable Workforce Housing Regeneration from disaster—NYCHA Red Hook Houses Expanding Capacity: An Outcomes-Based Approach

During the networking luncheon, a short program with Green for All’s Director, Vien Truong, and the Honorable President Pro Tem Senator, Kevin de León, present solutions that help build an inclusive green economy and iconic policies that reinvest in low-income communities while combating climate change.

We also thank our Summit Advisory Group volunteers and partners for their support in developing this stellar program:

  • Chris McKenzie, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
  • Clare Rosenberger, NeighborWorks America
  • Ellen Sargent, Chicago Housing Authority
  • Eva Blake, YouthBuild USA
  • Kevin Bush, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Kevin Holland, National Organization of Minority Architects
  • Marty Keller, First Community Housing
  • Michael Kadish, GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles
  • Tom Osdoba, Enterprise Community Partners Inc.
  • Walker Wells, Global Green USA
  • Wayne Waite, California Housing Partnership

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