Our January 2020 Top Five
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1. Just Launched: 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria
We just launched our 2020 Green Communities Criteria – building on our enduring commitment to creating healthy, efficient and environmentally responsible affordable homes. The updated Criteria – first introduced 15 years ago – features several exciting new components, including the Path to Zero – a groundbreaking emissions-elimination strategy for multifamily housing across the United States. Because the challenges of our new climate are many, the 2020 Criteria also features provisions to help protect vulnerable communities before, during and after natural disasters.
2. Business Insider: How We Should Start Preparing for the Next Disaster
To prevent and respond to future disasters, we must start to address climate change and reduce our impact now, says Enterprise Community Partners CEO Priscilla Almodovar in a Business Insider op-ed. She outlines the roles and responsibilities of our public and private leadership at every level, and underscores that funding needs to come in advance of disasters – not years later.
3. One Woman's Holistic Approach to Housing Affordability
Enterprise Senior Vice President Melinda Pollack talks to The New York Times about our $20 million Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge with Wells Fargo and how Enterprise works with partners in Denver and in regions nationwide to create affordable housing that changes people's lives. She says Enterprise distinguishes itself by addressing the affordable housing crunch from three distinct standpoints: raising impact capital, creating on-the-ground solutions and participating in public policy advocacy.
4. States Prepare for Climate Change, Choosing Their Words Carefully
Enterprise Senior Vice President Marion McFadden tells Grist, "There are still states where it’s a political lightning rod to acknowledge that climate change is responsible for damage." She discusses how states are sidestepping the touchy term to secure funding ahead of impending natural disasters.
5. Fostering Homeownership in Native Communities
Enterprise has released a new curriculum called Enhancing and Implementing Homeownership in Native Communities. It will help build the capacity of tribal housing authorities and tribally-designated housing entities to foster and support homeownership opportunities for the communities they serve.