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Local environmental leaders earn nationally recognized green accreditation

Community Housing Partners (CHP) is pleased to announce it has earned full Green Organizational Accreditation by the Sustainability Performance Institute (SPI) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of HUD’s Affordable Green Initiative pilot program. CHP joins 16 additional organizations across the country in receiving this unique designation.

“Accreditation differentiates organizations that seek to implement green building and operational best practices, build capacity of staff, track and measure building performance effectively over time, realize significant improvements in health and energy efficiency, and achieve exemplary cost savings,” according to HUD.

Based on an adaptation of SPI’s Green Firm Certification, HUD’s Affordable Green Initiative program was launched in 2012 and helps support HUD grantees and affordable housing organizations in their efforts to institutionalize sustainability and achieve higher levels of multi-family property performance.  +HUD provides comprehensive support through training, technical assistance, and accreditation to participants who satisfy the program requirements.

“Sustainability is an integral part of CHP’s mission and vision, so it is a real honor to be recognized as a SPI-HUD Accredited Green Organization” said Kirsten Anderson, vice president of asset management for CHP. “This accreditation reflects our commitment to creating stronger, healthier communities, where we all work to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.”

Full Green Organizational Accreditation means CHP has implemented best practices in both management of its housing portfolio and effectiveness of its operations.  SPI commended CHP in particular for its pursuit of a net zero energy project in Blacksburg and its attention to the knowledge, skills, and involvement of its 375 employees.

Community Housing Partners was established in 1975 to serve the needs of low-income and low-wealth individuals in the Southeast. Their mission is to create affordable, green, sustainable housing opportunities and services for the people and communities they serve.

CHP’s activities include real estate development, architectural design, construction, energy services, homeownership, property management, and resident services. They are a chartered member of NeighborWorks America, and a member of both the Housing Partnership Network and the Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises (FAHE).

To learn more about CHP, visit communityhousingpartners.org.

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