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MHP co-sponsors Enterprise Green Communities 2020 Criteria Workshop

Posted on January 26, 2021

In its ongoing effort to promote sustainable affordable housing development, MHP will host a free Enterprise Green Communities Criteria virtual workshop on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 from noon to 1 p.m. 

The event will feature two experts from Enterprise Community Partners' Green Communities initiative, the nation’s only national green building program designed explicitly for affordable housing construction. It is one of the green certification programs that borrowers can pursue to qualify for financing and other incentives through MHP's Green and Healthy Housing Program

This event is co-sponsored by MHP, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation Boston, the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, and the Citizens Housing and Planning Association. This workshop is free, but registration is required.

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This virtual workshop will focus on the requirements, recommendations, and important considerations regarding the recently released 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. We will discuss the critical components of the 2020 Criteria, significant changes as compared to the 2015 Criteria, and available resources for the certification process. We will also identify the best steps for development teams to take in order to ensure successful certification. To prepare for this event, you can review the 2020 Criteria and email Enterprise with any questions about the Criteria or this workshop.

Who Should Attend?

Property owners and development teams interested in Enterprise Green Communities certification should attend to understand program requirements. Other project team members, development staff, architects, engineers, HERS raters, and construction managers are encouraged to attend. Please note that any new project seeking certification will be considered under the 2020 Criteria.

Speakers

Krista Egger is Vice President of National Initiatives at Enterprise Community Partners. With more than 15 years of experience leading energy efficiency and healthy housing initiatives with affordable housing stakeholders, Egger manages Enterprise’s national sustainability efforts. She leverages Enterprise’s Green Communities platform, climate disaster response work, and cultural resilience programming.  Krista led the technical development and public roll-out of the 2015 and 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and provides strategic oversight for the Enterprise Green Communities Certification program.

Shelby O’Neill serves as senior program officer for the national Building Resilient Futures initiative of Enterprise Community Partners. O'Neill leads the Enterprise Green Communities certification program, the country’s only national green building program designed explicitly for the affordable housing sector. Before joining Enterprise in 2016, she practiced sustainable architecture and design in Washington, D.C.

Enteprise Green Communities Program

Enterprise Community Partners is a national nonprofit that supports affordable housing in a variety of ways, from community support to advocacy to investing capital to create and preserve rental homes people can afford. The Green Communities 2020 Criteria is the latest version of the guidelines, first introduced in 2005. Updates include a Path to Zero Energy, new water-quality standards, and a new approach to affordable housing in rural areas, tribal communities and small towns.

MHP’s Green & Healthy Housing Programs

MHP is hosting the training as part of its effort to encourage more sustainable, resilient, and high-performance affordable housing through its Green and Healthy Housing Program. Since launching this program in 2019, MHP has closed on long-term financing to NewVue Communities/Twin Cities CDC for James G. Carter School in Leominster. James G. Carter School is an adaptive reuse development that achieved Enterprise Green Communities certification under the 2015 Criteria. 

For more information on this event, please contact MHP’s Alma Balonon-Rosen at 857-317-8578 and almabr@mhp.net or Deepti Kamma at 857-317-8532 and dkamma@mhp.net.