The goal of Green Communities, a five-year $555 million initiative created by Enterprise in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council, is to transform the way America thinks about, designs, and builds affordable communities. Planning grants of up to $5,000 are currently being offered to affordable housing developers for the purpose of coordinating green charrettes.
A Green Communities Charrette is a working session that will bring together a diverse group of housing development professionals, as well as funders, policymakers, and community stakeholders to integrate sustainable green design principles into affordable housing developments. Charrettes should take into consideration the existing community context by using a holistic approach to the development process in order to promote health and livability throughout the life cycle of the development. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, visit http://www.greencommunitiesonline.org/Charrettes.asp.