November 6, 2013
Program honors organizations with sustainable business practices that save money and improve environments for low- and moderate-income families
DHIC, Inc. has been recognized as a NeighborWorks Green Organization for its comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations. To achieve this designation, DHIC was required to demonstrate adherence to a set of green business practices across its operations and all of its program areas.
This is the second consecutive year that NeighborWorks America has recognized member organizations for their efforts to create healthier, energy-efficient environments for homeowners, renters, community residents and employees. To date, 42 NeighborWorks organizations have achieved this designation.
DHIC, North Carolina’s leading non-profit developer of high-quality, attractive, and affordable communities,is committed to green practices. In 2010, DHIC developed Highland Terrace, an 80-unit senior community and Wake County’s first LEED Gold certified rental development. Since, DHIC has developed two more LEED certified communities in Raleigh: Meadowcreek Commons, a 48-unit senior rental community, and Water Garden Village, a 60-unit multi-family rental community.
In addition, DHIC’s Homeownership Center began covering “Going Green,” a module designed to educate future homeowners of green strategies such as water conservation, energy efficiency, and recycling. This module also provides information on healthy home environments. Since it began in 2012, over 520 households have completed this workshop training.
“It only makes sense that DHIC provide well-designed homes that promote healthier, low-cost living for our residents while serving the environmental interests of the greater community. It’s about concrete gains that everyone can share,” said Gregg Warren, DHIC President.
NeighborWorks® America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities, supports a network of more than 240 nonprofits, located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
“DHIC is a leader in sustainable business practices, helping individuals and families become healthier with an improved quality of life,” said NeighborWorks® America CEO Eileen M. Fitzgerald.
The NeighborWorks Green Organization designation is significant because it challenges organizations to be comprehensive in their efforts to be green. Collectively, these activities help reduce energy and water consumption and costs, create healthier living and working environments, and promote sustainable communities.