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EPA Grant Supports Green Habitat For Humanity Project

Release Date: 4/21/2000
Contact Information: Jennifer McNeil

April 21, 2000 - - - - - - - - - - 00-27

For Immediate Release

On April 20, 2000, EPA Region 10 announced that a project proposal by Portland Community Design in Portland, OR is one of three in the region that have been selected for funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable Development Challenge Grant program. Nationally, the EPA has selected a total of 27 innovative community and business partnership projects, from nearly 1,000 applicants, for grants which will support creative local partnerships that promise measurable environmental results and more livable communities.

Portland Community Design’s project, “Habitat Green Rowhouse,” will compare the costs and environmental benefits of conventional Habitat for Humanity building design with green/sustainable building practices in a community of 12 rowhouses, to be constructed at 4402 N.E. Killingsworth in Portland. In leveraging considerable financial support from Habitat for Humanity, Portland Community Design will, in effect, create a case study that addresses the cost-effectiveness issues associated with sustainable building practices. A community of twelve rowhouses will be built to include open space and a garden – six will be built according to conventional building practices and six will be built using green/sustainable building practices. Not only will this project demonstrate a more sustainable and livable model by creating a community instead of a detached single family home, it will also allow critical data to be collected comparing the costs and benefits of conventional building practices against green/sustainable building practices.

Awards will be made after approval of final grant packages. The grant awards, which will total approximately $4 million, complete the fourth and final year of the Sustainable Development Challenge Grant (SDCG) Program and bring the total number of projects funded under this program to 123. All of these projects take innovative, environmentally responsible approaches to a wide variety of urban and rural environmental problems related to air and water quality, toxic substances, and/or solid waste management. Further information, including descriptions of the 27 new projects, is available at: