Promoting Green, Energy-Efficient and Healthy Housing

Our program goal is to ensure that all affordable housing in Minnesota is healthy, energy-efficient and green.

Rising energy costs add to the financial hardship of low- and moderate-income families. More and more people are reporting health problems from mold, toxic building materials and poor indoor air quality.

Add to this the knowledge that 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. come from the housing industry, and it is easy to see why green building is becoming both a necessity and priority in Minnesota and the nation.

Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and our Minnesota Green Communities partners have:

  • Successfully integrated Green Communities criteria into affordable housing building and design standards statewide.
  • Provided education and in-depth training on green building to builders, developers and the public.
    Funded green and healthy home demonstration projects as industry-setting examples.
  • Promoted sustainable development and transit-oriented development (TOD) in high opportunity areas along the NorthStar Commuter Rail Line, as demonstrated in commuter rail TOD projects in Elk River and Big Lake, and along fixed-route bus lines in Duluth, Rochester and other communities.

Minnesota Green Communities, a collaborative partnership between Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, the Family Housing Fund and Enterprise, has become a national model and the largest green building program in Minnesota. With more than 3,000 units completed, under construction or in development, this program is creating affordable, healthier, more energy-efficient and environmentally sound housing throughout the state.

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative released a comprehensive overview of links between the wider benefits of energy efficiency improvements to the physical and social determinants of health. The report argues we should consider the value of health outcomes in the planning of energy policy. Click here to read the full report.

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Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
332 Minnesota Street
Suite 1650 West*
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Main 651.221.1997
Fax 651.221.1904

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