The Earth Advantage Institute of Portland Oregon, a nonprofit green building resource that has certified more than 11,000 homes nationally, invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) to participate in an innovative Eco Neighborhoods pilot program that will rate and certify the livability and accomplishments of existing neighborhoods. The request for EOIs is intended to determine whether there is sufficient market interest in such a certification program. EOIs will be accepted until November 30, 2011.
Eco Neighborhoods Concept
Neighborhoods are critical elements of community vitality and prosperity, and essential contributors to social, economic, and environmental well-being. A wide variety of neighborhoods across the country are working to create exceptionally livable residential and commercial districts, including:
- Residential neighborhoods
- Public housing projects
- Business districts
- Office and industrial parks
- Shopping centers
- Education and medical campuses
- Military housing areas
Certifying the accomplishments of these existing neighborhoods can strengthen local participation, reinforce values, and improve outcomes. To achieve these results, the Eco Neighborhoods concept is distinguished in two respects. First, it will focus on existing, fully developed neighborhoods that are at least five years old and have a demonstrated record of accomplishments. Second, the program’s rating and certification will be grounded in the principles of sustainability, but, importantly, will “go beyond green” to encompass a broader set of social, economic, and cultural accomplishments.
Apply for the Expression of Interest: Form Request
Submission of an EOI does not obligate the submitting organization to participation in the Eco Neighborhoods program.