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.