Earlier this month the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Bank of America announced [PDF] ten inaugural grantees of the Affordable Green Neighborhoods program, which provides $25,000 in cash plus educational resources to help each project pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certification. (NRDC was a founding partner in LEED-ND along with USGBC and the Congress for the New
To qualify, each affordable housing grant applicant had to demonstrate efforts to strengthen surrounding neighborhoods, a commitment to engage stakeholders in the development process, and the provision of green housing for a range of income levels. Grant winners were selected from a pool of applicants by a jury of affordable housing and smart growth experts.
Funding for Affordable Green Neighborhoods is part of a broader two-year grant being provided by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to USGBC, which administers LEED-ND. The $500,000 grant also provides educational resources and training to school districts to assist certification under LEED for Existing Buildings for Schools, which rewards schools that retrofit their facilities to green standards.