- Sustainable design, green building, green neighborhoods
- Sustainability planning
- Resource efficiency
- Green jobs
What Does Green Really Mean?
Sustainability. Green jobs. Energy efficiency. Green design. Resource conservation. LEED. What do these terms really mean? And what can funders do to make sure that “green” is more than a trendy buzzword–that green strategies actually reduce the carbon footprints and energy costs of buildings, enhance the health and vitality of neighborhoods, and improve the lives of people?
Background & Activities
The GREEN! funder working group was created in 2005 by funders interested in better understanding the promise that green strategies hold for improving outcomes for people and place. Its first efforts focused on the intersection of green design practices and location/placement decisions (for example, does a green building fulfill its promise if it is located in isolation, without convenient access to transportation?). The working group meets annually each fall and hosts Learning Network conference calls throughout the year to help funders learn more about green strategies and innovative practices. It also manages a funder listserv on topical green issues.
- Energy-efficiency retrofits in the building sector and their connection to green jobs;
- Green design and location issues (such as the LEED-ND rating system); and
- Urban sustainability planning and implementation.
The GREEN! funder advisory committee is co-chaired by Jessica Boehland from The Kresge Foundation and Dana Bourland from The JPB Foundation.
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