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About Green Urbanism

The Green Urbanism Program is fostering sustainability within urban environments by changing patterns of natural resource consumption.

Global Green USA establishes collaborative partnerships with local governments, affordable housing organizations, and other public and private entities to facilitate the development, adoption, and implementation of sustainable policies, programs, and practices. These partnerships inform and direct education, policy development, and advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal levels. Global Green USA also partners with housing developers and public agencies to 'green' select affordable housing projects.

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Green Schools

Green School

A green school, also known as a high performance school, is a community facility that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner. Green schools protect occupant health, provide a productive learning environment, connect students to the natural world, increase average daily attendance, reduce operating costs, improve teacher satisfaction and retention, and reduce overall impact to the environment.

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Green Cities

Global Green USA works in partnership with local governments and other public entities to demonstrate the benefits of green building, outline options for establishing green building programs that protect local quality of life and the environment, provide training for staff and constituents, and encourage the development of incentives for green building projects. Current and past partners include San Mateo County and the Cities of San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Santa Clarita, and Irvine.

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Affordable Green Housing

Over the past decade, Global Green USA has established itself as a national leader in promoting green building practices in the affordable housing community. Through our Greening of Affordable Housing Initiative, we work extensively with non-profit community development corporations, architects, financial institutions, and government agencies at the local, state, and national level.

Green affordable housing directly benefits individuals and families in need by reducing energy bills and creating healthier living environments. Affordable housing developers and operators gain through higher quality, more efficient, and more durable buildings.

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Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing: 2nd Edition

Drawing on over a decade of experience by Global Green staff on technical assistance and policy development, the Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing offers housing developers, designers, advocates, public agency staff, and the financial community specific guidance on green practices and innovative strategies for incorporating green building strategies into the design, construction, and operation of affordable housing developments. The book presents 12 case studies of model developments, including rental, home ownership, special needs, senior, sweat equity, and cohousing from around the United States.

Read Green Urbanism Director Walker Well's current thoughts on green affordable housing in an eight-week series on the eco-compass blog.

Green Building Criteria in State Low Income Housing Tax Credit Programs

Global Green's review of the low-income housing tax credit allocation policy shows that significant progress is being made in the effort to make green building measures standard practice in affordable housing.  This development is particularly apparent through a survey of the changes made in the last four years to the green building criteria found in state Qualified Allocation Plans (QAPs), which states develop to guide the distribution of federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). The 2008 QAPs demonstrate an increased emphasis on green building with the inclusion of many new green building criteria or checklist options. To download the 2008 report, click here or click the DOWNLOAD link below.

Here are links to Global Green USA’s annual reports for the previous three years:
here for 2007
here for 2006
here for 2005


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