Wednesday, April 15, 2009

"Solutions for Working Families" Learning Conference Discusses Strategies to Create Energy-Efficient and Green Housing Near Transit and Jobs

Over the past few years, the green movement has significantly shaped the way many Americans feel about nearly every aspect of their lives. For those in the housing industry, this movement has re-conceptualized how and where we build housing – encouraging many developers to build new homes with energy-saving appliances and retrofit older properties to make them more energy-efficient. These initiatives conserve energy, thereby lowering utility costs, and also improve the overall health of the people who reside there.

As policymakers continue to focus on forward-thinking housing solutions, many cities are now working to create and preserve energy-efficient housing near centers of transit and employment in order to improve the livability of their communities and help ensure their economic futures.

While combining and implementing these initiatives may seem challenging, NHC and the Center for Housing Policy’s Solutions for Working Families:2009 Learning Conference on State and Local Housing Policy offers solutions for state and local officials who wish to develop these strategies in their own communities.

While Solutions for Working Families will focus on a diverse array of topics – including rental preservation, along with foreclosure prevention and neighborhood stabilization – there will be a pre-conference training workshop on Saturday, June 27, 2009 entitled, “Green Affordable Homes,” which will explore the ways in which policymakers can create energy-efficient homes near centers of transit and employment in their communities. Additionally, on Monday, June 29, there will be a mobile workshop entitled “Cutting-Edge Green Developments,” which will highlight Chicago’s role as a leader in the development of innovative green affordable homes, as it strives to be the “greenest city in America.”

To learn more about these and other workshops, please visit Solutions for Working Families: 2009 Learning Conference on State and Local Housing Policy.

If you would like to attend the Learning Conference, you may Register Here, or contact Lynn Ross, NHC and Center for Housing Policy Director of State and Local Initiatives, for more information.

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