Building “green” is an increasingly popular practice in Michigan’s community and economic development field. Green buildings are constructed to be safer to human health and have a smaller impact on the natural environment. Many CEDAM members incorporate green building, energy efficiency, and sustainable development into their programs.

Habitat for Humanity works alone or partners with other organizations to build new, energy-efficient homes with environmentally friendly materials.

Northern Initiatives’ award-winning Great Waters Program preserves the environment through nature-based tourism while also teaching area businesses how to be green.

Dwelling Place won a national award in 2009 for their Verne Barry building (LEED certified supportive housing).

WARM Training Center in Detroit is an excellent resource and training center for green building. It is one of Michigan’s 2010 top ten green leaders.

Weatherization increases the energy efficiency of a home and reduces energy costs. Ottawa County Community Action Agency and Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency both offer weatherization assistance to low-income families.

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