Community Development Digest

Green Building/Smart Growth

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Web TV Series Focuses on Green Buildings

The web TV series “Construction Climate Talks” -- sponsored by Volvo Construction Equipment -- has thus far focused on sustainable development and the concept of green buildings.

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Study Finds Homebuyers Willing to Pay More for Green Homes

Homebuyers are not only increasingly interested in high-performance homes, or homes incorporating green features, they are also willing to pay more for them, according to a new study from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE).

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Connecticut Senior Living Community Goes Green

Imagine what a group of residents and staff who care about their environment can do for a 26-year-old retirement community with 318,936 sq. ft. of space. With lighting upgrades, solar power, geothermal heating, low-flow plumbing and an ozone injection system, among other investments, the result is a resourceful use of water, chemicals and electricity in daily life.

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Green Home Building Continues to Climb; Expected to Double by 2016

Green homes comprised 23% of the overall residential construction market in 2013 and are expected to grow to between 26% and 33% of the market by 2016.

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Boston LISC Releases Green Property Management Guide

The guide is designed to help organizations to establish tasks to be undertaken by owners and management staff to achieve the best results.

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Brownfields in Minority Communities Less Likely Selected for Remediation

Researchers looked at whether poorer communities received lower prioritization in the federally funded cleanup of brownfields, or polluted former industrial sites. As it turns out, sites located in neighborhoods with a higher proportion of minority residents moved more slowly through the cleanup process.

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New Plazas a Collaboration between City, Community Groups in Philly

In Philadelphia, a unique collaboration is underway to provide more green space by converting underutilized street corners into public parks.

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Maryland Group Ready to Fight State Sprawl

Maryland smart growth advocates are pushing a 2012 legislative package to curb urban sprawl, including a land use measure intended to limit new development on septic systems. The group, 1000 Friends of Maryland (FOM), is arguing that the sprawl resulting from continued poor development planning cos...

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(WHITE HOUSE) Commitment to 'Better Buildings Challenge' Expanded

President Barack Obama is asking the federal government to match the commitments of 60 cities, along with industry and labor groups to make energy-efficiency improvements to the Better Buildings Challenge (BBC). The BBC is part of the Better Buildings Initiative, which has a goal of making building...

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(STATES) MD Counties Want to Delay Implementing Smart Growth Plan

Representatives of several western Maryland counties are asking Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) to delay implementation of his new smart-growth plan. Critics of the plan say it steers sewer and road funding away from rural areas and toward urban transit-oriented developments. O'Malley's PlanMaryland has b...

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