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January 11, 2022 00:08:01
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Season One Recap

Season one of the Green in Action podcast is a wrap! Wondering what you missed? Tune in for host Kimberly Vermeer’s recap of the first season of the show. Kim reflects on season one’s stories: making net zero work for residents and redefining sustainability in rural New York State, why the integrated design process is crucial to developing sustainable, equitable communities, an Enterprise Green Communities deep dive, Cambridge developers who did it all during a pandemic, a conversation with Dana Bourland about her new book, Gray to Green Communities: A Call to Action on the Climate Crisis, and housers in New Mexico tackling community displacement head-on. Hear again from some of the voices telling the stories of green achievements on the pod: Bryan Dove, Gerardo Brambila, Guy Kempe, Ray Demers, Walker Wells, Krista Eggers, Michelle Apigian, Jane Carbone, Dana Bourland, and Daniel Slavin. Thank you for listening – we’re excited to share these vital stories with you! Topics Discussed: The importance of resident engagement in operating a functioning green buildingNet Zero EnergyThe Integrated Design ProcessEnterprise Green Communities 2020 CriteriaFinch CambridgeGray to Green: A Call to Action on the Housing and Climate CrisesSystems ChangeClimate ResilienceCommunity Displacement Resources: Addressing the Climate Crises with Green Housing For All – Island Press Webinar Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition Enterprise 2020 Green Communities Criteria Finch Cambridge Gray to Green: A Call to Action on the Housing and Climate Crises Homeowner’s Rehab, Inc. (HRI) Homewise Icon Architecture Mutual Housing at Spring Lake RUPCO Connect with Us! ...

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November 16, 2021 00:25:40
Sustainable Homeownership: Transforming Communities

Sustainable Homeownership: Transforming Communities

A view from the Street of the B. Ruppe Drugstore that Homewise redevelopedNew Mexico, a national vacation destination, has a serious housing shortage: over half of the workforce in Santa Fe commutes from out of town. Additionally, the desert state’s frequent droughts and high solar power potential create a strong case for climate resilient development. How can green building address housing affordability, community stability, and climate? This episode of Green in Action follows Homewise, a Santa-Fe-based non-profit housing organization, and learns how it grew to meet these challenges in New Mexico. Host Kimberly Vermeer spoke with Daniel Slavin, the Senior Director of Real Estate Development, and Carl Davis, Construction Manager for the Community Development Department, about how this Community Development Financial Institution’s commitment to sustainability guided their approach. Tune in for the story of Homewise’s organizational transformation from focusing on mortgage financing and education to building community wealth through developing housing and commercial space – and all of it informed by Homewise’s commitment to sustainability and climate resilience. This episode includes a close look at Homewise’s project El Camino Crossing in Santa Fe, (a case study from Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition), the Ruppe, its historic Ruppe Drugstore commercial redevelopment in Albuquerque, and its anti-displacement efforts.  Topics Discussed:·      All-Electric Design·      Climate Resilience·      Community Displacement·      Community Wealth Building·      Cultural Resilience·      New Market Tax Credits·      New Mexico’s housing shortage·      Solar Power·      Water Conservation Resources:El Camino CrossingBlueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised EditionHomewiseNew Mexico’s Housing Shortage for Low Income Renters – ...

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October 18, 2021 00:24:21
Moving Beyond Green Buildings with Dana Bourland

Moving Beyond Green Buildings with Dana Bourland

In this episode of the Green in Action podcast, host Kimberly Vermeer speaks with Dana Bourland, Enterprise Community Partners alum, founder of the JPB Foundation Environment program, and fellow Island Press author. Kim and Dana get personal about their motivations to push for healthy and equitable housing and discuss what that looks like on a community scale. They dive into the lessons from Dana’s new book, Gray to Green Communities: A Call to Action on the Housing and Climate Crises. Listen in for a timely conversation about the fundamental shift in approach needed to address the housing and climate crises – from interdisciplinary thinking, bold national measures, to a strong commitment to racial and social equity. Topics Discussed: Anti-Racist community development Constraints of the affordable housing finance system Gray to Green: A Call to Action on the Housing and Climate Crises Healthy building materials Systems Change The Integrated Design Process The lack of a national commitment to high quality affordable housing for all Resources: Addressing the Climate Crises with Green Housing For All – Island Press Webinar Dana Bourland’s Web Site Diane Dillon Ridgely Gray to Green: A Call to Action on the Housing and Climate Crises Integrated Design Process U.S. Green Building Council’s Equity Summit Dana Bourland, AICP, She/Her/Hers Dana works at the intersection of issues related to health, poverty and the environment. Dana led the creation of the Environment Program ...

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September 20, 2021 00:26:27
Not for the Birds: Deep Green at Finch

Not for the Birds: Deep Green at Finch

The view from the Alewife neighborhood of Cambridge from the roof deck of Finch Join Host Kimberly Vermeer for the story of Finch, the largest new construction affordable housing development in Cambridge, MA in the last 40 years. This episode recounts how Jane Carbone (Director of Development, Homeowners Rehab) and Michelle Apigian (Associate Principal, Icon Architecture) reconciled the ambitious requirements of three leading certifications: Enterprise Green Communities, FitWel and Passive House US as they designed and built Finch. Through collaboration, the team was able to navigate the energy performance and tight building envelope required by Passive House, along with the openness and connectivity associated with FitWel. Not to mention – they built and opened Finch during the Coronavirus pandemic! This episode includes soundscapes from a tour of Finch and a jaunt at Fresh Pond Reservation, Cambridge’s water reservoir just across the street. Note: Special thanks to Finch resident Barbara who graciously gave us a tour of her home! Topics Discussed: Finch Cambridge City of Cambridge’s Affordable Housing Overlay The importance of green Certification: FitWel, Enterprise Green Communities, Passive House Tackling complex green building problems Transdisciplinary, mission-oriented collaboration Resources: Enterprise Green Communities Finch Cambridge FitWel Certification Icon Architecture Homeowner’s Rehab, Inc. (HRI) NEI General Contracting Passive House Certification   Connect with Us! Photos from our Site Visit Jane and Kim chat in the community room ...

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August 16, 2021 00:25:26
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Getting into Integrated Design

If you ask most green housing practitioners, they’ll tell you that the integrated design process is crucial if you want a successful outcome of truly sustainable communities. But what is the integrated design process, and how do you make it work in practice? In this episode of Green in Action, host Kimberly Vermeer speaks with five green leaders about how they apply the integrated design process in their work. Guests include: Tara Barauskas, Executive Director of the Community Corporation of Santa Monica; Ray Demers, Senior Director of Design Leadership Initiatives at Enterprise Green Communities; Krista Eggers, Vice President of National Initiatives at Enterprise Green Communities, Anne Torney, Partner at Mithun; and Walker Wells, Principal at Raimi + Associates and Kim’s co-author of Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition. Topics Discussed: The Integrated Design Process Integrated Design vs. Standard Design – what’s the difference? Using sustainable design to transform communities Tackling complex green building problems Transdisciplinary, mission-oriented collaboration The importance of making early design decisions with many stakeholders The charrette Resources: Artspace – Northside Lofts Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition Community Corporation of San Diego Enterprise Green Communities Enterprise 2020 Green Communities Criteria FitWel Certification Home Energy Rating System Mithun Minisode Deep Dive: Integrated Design in Enterprise Green Communities Raimi + Associates Swords to Plowshares Integrated Design Diagrams from Mithun The Standard Design Process Putting the Project at the Center of the Integrated Design Process Getting into Integrated Design [Theme Music] KIMBERLY VERMEER: ...

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August 16, 2021 00:11:03
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Minisode Deep Dive: Integrated Design in Enterprise Green Communities

In this Green in Action Minisode, host Kimberly Vermeer takes a deep dive into how Enterprise Green Communities’ new tool, the 2020 Green Communities Criteria, empowers practitioners to design more sustainable buildings and communities. In the episode, Enterprise Green Communities staff Ray Demers, Senior Director of Design Leadership Initiatives, and Krista Eggers, Vice President of National Initiatives discuss how the Integrated Design category of the 2020 Criteria help deeply root a project within a community. Learn about how new tools like the Project Priorities Survey brings health, climate, and cultural resilience to the forefront of affordable housing design. Topics Discussed: Enterprise Green Communities 2020 CriteriaThe Project Priority SurveyIntegrating health and resilience in green designIdentifying collective priorities Resources: Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition Enterprise Green Communities Enterprise 2020 Green Communities Criteria Design Matters Toolkit Getting into Integrated Design Minisode Deep Dive: Integrated Design ...

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