Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Green Affordable Housing Coalition

The Green Affordable Housing Coalition (GAHC) is a joint project of Build It Green and Bay Area LISC and brings together public-sector and private-sector professionals who are committed to incorporating green building practices into the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of affordable housing. Through education and outreach, the Coalition promotes the creation of buildings that:

  • Are integrated to the site and region
  • Use energy, water and materials wisely
  • Minimize and recycle construction waste
  • Create their own energy
  • Are durable and easily maintained
  • Promote good health for both workers and residents
  • Enhance housing affordability

Success in this endeavor will produce economic and quality-of-life benefits for tenants, improve the financial bottom line for property owners, and generate economic and environmental benefits for the local, regional, and world community.

Participate in the Coalition

Build It Green currently supports one Green Affordable Housing Coalition in Northern California. The Coalition meets quarterly throughout the year.

Agenda - Update on Federal and State Tools for Affordable Housing, and Local Government Perspectives on Stimulus Funds

11:30 Introduction and Announcements

  • Build It Green and Local Initiatives Support Corporation

11:40 Participating Administrative Entity for the Dept of Housing and Urban Development Green Retrofit Program (phone in presentation)

  • Jerry Anderson, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Affordable Housing Preservation, U.S. HUD

12:05 The New California Utility Allowance Calculator

  • Adrian Ownby, California Energy Commission

12:30 Local Government Perspectives: Planning and Implementing Federal Stimulus Funds for Affordable Housing

  • Dionne Early, City of San Jose
  • Margaretta Lin, City of Oakland
  • Kara Douglas, Contra Costa County

1:20 Q&A and Wrap-Up


Green Affordable Housing Coalition

This program will focus on the planning and implementation of new programs supported in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and financing tools from the state level. You will hear about changes to existing Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, the new Utility Allowance Calculator Developed by the CA Energy Commission, and local government perspectives on putting Stimulus funds to work in their communities. Presented by Build it Green, Sponsored by AIA East Bay.

Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland.

Contact: 510-845-0472 x 110 or

Cost: $25 RSVP for this meeting

1.5 CES/LU

For more information: 510/464-3600

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