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                       Michael Graves & Associates In DC

The U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters is noted by the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) as having the largest “green roof” in DC.  DCRA is responsible for implementing the DC Green Building Code and provides updates on the green building process and buildings meeting and exceeding LEED and sustainable requirements.  See presentation by Rabbiah Sabbakhan, DCRA Chief Building Official, at Green Building Symposium and Expo, September 14, 2012.

Michael Graves & Associates is a longtime supporter of sustainable design as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.  “We think of sustainability holistically and at every scale: from the city and the landscape to the buildings and their interiors. Consistent with our design philosophy, we also address how specific sites, locations and climates can contribute to green design. And we use our interdisciplinary skills and those of our consultants to create sustainable solutions that meet our clients’ individual green building objectives or achieve LEED certification.”  Michael Graves & Associates 

Environmental Protection Agency | EPA @ Federal Triangle          1201 Constitution Avenue, NW | Washington, DC 20460 

EPA’s National Headquarters feature the following “green” environmental attributes: LEED-EB: O&M Silver,
Green Power,
ENERGY STAR

View LEED Scorecard for the EPA North and South building (formerly known as Ariel Rios North-South, now the William Jefferson Clinton Building North-South)

EPA Leading By Example: Two Case Studies document how EPA incorporated “green” environmental features in [then] 2 new buildings: Ronald Reagan and #NC Research Triangle complex 

EPA Meeting Room 1153 – wood paneling, chandeliers, and a 1930s multi-paneled skylight

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Via nycopendata:

Interactive Visualization of NYC Street TreesNew York City is home to more than 65 different types of street trees ranging from the Alder to Zelkova. With over 600,000 street trees across the five boroughs, one might wonder where they are and which types are most common. Using NYC Open Data of street trees, a few local designers decided to find out…

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"Survey respondents in McGraw Hill’s latest SmartMarket Report show growth in green building from 2006 and 2011, and project a continued upswing in widespread adoption."

More Single-Family and Multifamily Builders and Remodelers Expect to Go Green - EcoBuilding Pulse

Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant: Call for Applications 
The USGBC is again partnering with the Bank of America to advance LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certification among affordable housing developers.  LEED-ND is a neighborhood rating system that integrates the principles of green building, smart growth, and new urbanism with a focus on reducing urban sprawl, increasing transportation choices, and encouraging transit oriented development projects.  The 2014 application is the second round and is again focused on building capacity within the community of affordable housing developers – non-profit and public sector developers — who are committed to building sustainable communities to help incorporate the principles of LEED.  The grant includes a $25,000 cash award and educational resources to support developers pursuing USGBC’s LEED-ND project certification. The program is offering $850,000 in financial and educational resources to selected developers and anticipates making fourteen (14) awards.
In announcing the 2012 awards to the ten (10) recipients, the Bank of America noted that “Each of these neighborhood redevelopment projects are pursuing certification under USGBC’s LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system and are notable for their planned affordable housing, compact walkable design, commitment to green building, and well-located sites near transit or other existing amenities.” 
It is anticipated that 14 LEED-ND projects will be funded by the 2014 grant round.  The application period opened May 15, 2014; Applications are due July 11, 2014.
Resources:
USGBC And Bank of American Announce Call for Applications for 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhood Grant Program, May 16, 2014 

USGBC and Bank of America Announce Winners of 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program, November 10, 2012 

Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant: Call for Applications

The USGBC is again partnering with the Bank of America to advance LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certification among affordable housing developers.  LEED-ND is a neighborhood rating system that integrates the principles of green building, smart growth, and new urbanism with a focus on reducing urban sprawl, increasing transportation choices, and encouraging transit oriented development projects.  The 2014 application is the second round and is again focused on building capacity within the community of affordable housing developers – non-profit and public sector developers — who are committed to building sustainable communities to help incorporate the principles of LEED.  The grant includes a $25,000 cash award and educational resources to support developers pursuing USGBC’s LEED-ND project certification. The program is offering $850,000 in financial and educational resources to selected developers and anticipates making fourteen (14) awards.

In announcing the 2012 awards to the ten (10) recipients, the Bank of America noted that “Each of these neighborhood redevelopment projects are pursuing certification under USGBC’s LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system and are notable for their planned affordable housing, compact walkable design, commitment to green building, and well-located sites near transit or other existing amenities.” 

It is anticipated that 14 LEED-ND projects will be funded by the 2014 grant round.  The application period opened May 15, 2014; Applications are due July 11, 2014.

Resources:

USGBC And Bank of American Announce Call for Applications for 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhood Grant Program, May 16, 2014 

USGBC and Bank of America Announce Winners of 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program, November 10, 2012 

Claiborne Apartments: A Rental Conversion to a Cooperative 
The Claiborne at 3033 16th Street NW DC is an example of a conversion of an apartment building to cooperative housing, the Claiborne Cooperatives, owned by a not for profit organization comprised of residents of the building.  Non-profit housing developer Mi Casa worked with the tenants to purchase and renovate their 92-unit apartment building and to complete the cooperative conversion, reserving fifty (50) units as affordable housing.  LISC provided $2 million in financing to support the acquisition of the property.  Located in Columbia Heights, the building is currently in the early stages of renovation with financing from City First Bank.  

Claiborne Apartments: A Rental Conversion to a Cooperative 

The Claiborne at 3033 16th Street NW DC is an example of a conversion of an apartment building to cooperative housing, the Claiborne Cooperatives, owned by a not for profit organization comprised of residents of the building.  Non-profit housing developer Mi Casa worked with the tenants to purchase and renovate their 92-unit apartment building and to complete the cooperative conversion, reserving fifty (50) units as affordable housing.  LISC provided $2 million in financing to support the acquisition of the property.  Located in Columbia Heights, the building is currently in the early stages of renovation with financing from City First Bank.  

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  The Broadmoor Cooperative - Connecticut Avenue, NW DC

The Broadmoor is a 194 unit cooperative, built between 1927 and 1929, as one of Connecticut Avenue’s first luxury rental apartment buildings north of Rock Creek.   In an accounting of the history of the Broadmoor, the building was developed with the following amenities: a beauty shop, a barbershop, a pastry shop, valet and laundry service and a newsstand.  The dining room, “Silver Grill,” was popular for wedding receptions, school proms, and other large social functions.  Today we might call the Broadmoor a  mixed-use development.  As an early apartment property the building employed elevator operators and round-the-clock switchboard operators, to handle the house telephone calls that were routed through a central switchboard. The Broadmoor is believed to have one of the first underground parking garages in a Washington apartment building.  The building was converted from rental to cooperative ownership in 1948 as the Broadmoor Cooperative Apartments with more than 100 apartments selling as ownership units in the first five days after public announcement of the conversion, with the remaining units selling a month later.

whitehouse:

Expand your mind: Check out what you missed from this week’s White House Science Fair.

whitehouse:

Expand your mind: Check out what you missed from this week’s White House Science Fair.

icphoto:

Our exhibition of work by #Brazilian artist Caio Reisewitz is now open. It’s the first major survey of his work in the U.S. Caio gives a lecture about his approach to photography tomorrow, May 21, at 7 pm. Get tickets online.

All images: Ben Jarosch