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Affordable Housing Summit returns to Greenbuild

The U.S. Green Building Council will once again co-host the Affordable Housing Summit at Greenbuild. USGBC will join Enterprise Community Partners and the Institute for Professional and Executive Development for the event.

The summit will take place in Philadelphia, Nov. 19-20, 2013, at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. USGBC officials said its ongoing partnership with Enterprise and IPED to host the summit helps to ensure strong educational content on affordable housing at the conference.

“We’re trying to do our part to transform the face of affordable housing and community development, which has become a significant force in the national sustainability movement,” said Jeffrey Lesk, co-chair of the Greenbuild Affordable Housing Summit and Nixon Peabody LLP partner. “Our most important goal is to remind people that sustainability isn’t complete unless we address both natural and human resources.”

The two-day summit will open with a keynote presentation featuring Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development Director Deborah McColloch and Philadelphia Office of Sustainability Policy and Program Manager Alex Dews. This opening presentation will be followed by various educational sessions focused on securing financing for green affordable housing projects; developing and managing such projects; and implementing policy to enhance community resilience, transform neighborhoods, and improve lives.

On the second day of the summit, attendees will be free to take advantage of any education sessions occurring during the opening day of Greenbuild, Nov. 20, with sessions focused on affordable housing suggested for summit attendees. The two-day summit structure will also allow participants to attend the Greenbuild opening plenary featuring former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“Once again this year the Affordable Housing Summit at Greenbuild will bring together community development leaders from across the country to learn from each other and share emerging strategies to transform affordable housing and create a more sustainable built environment,” said Thomas Osdoba, co-chair of the Greenbuild Affordable Housing Summit and vice president for green initiatives at Enterprise Community Partners. “Enterprise and our partners are committed to challenging ourselves and the community development sector as a whole to embrace sustainable practices by 2020. This year’s conference will be one more step toward realizing our collective vision of delivering healthy, green, and affordable housing to low-income communities nationwide.”

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