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For multiple generations, how we have built our homes and neighborhoods in the United States has scarred both planet and people. Irreplaceable ecosystems have been paved over, watersheds decimated, and fragile natural balances that protect us from the likes of catastrophic fires and floods have been tipped. Today, climate change is an existential threat to the safety and prosperity of all people and natural systems. Addressing climate change requires us to fundamentally shift the way we design, build, and maintain our homes and communities.
At the same time, the places we live have been built on an historical foundation of structural and institutional bias and discrimination. Racist lending and land use practices have been commonplace. Failure to build affordable housing has left households with low incomes struggling to afford food, transportation, and other essentials. Black and brown neighborhoods with lower incomes have been burdened by pollution, underinvested in, and dissected by highways.
As we envision and enable new approaches to building our homes and communities, we must dismantle the structures and institutions that have generated these social and environmental injustices. When we do, we will have communities that are just, thriving, economically robust, and that exist in harmony with both the natural world and the places they are found.
Build It Green nurtures collaboration among those that see how homes and neighborhoods can advance the vitality of natural systems, social and environmental justice, and the ability for places to be resilient and evolve as the world changes.
We elevate aspirations about what can be achieved by co-creating a shared sense of what’s possible through collaboration and new ways of thinking.
We offer professional training for those pursuing green building careers, as well as a credible and accessible residential green building rating system, GreenPoint Rated, for California and the nation.
Integrate with the landscape
and existing community
Provide a flexible approach for different environments, aesthetics, and users.
Creatively leverage existing
financial resources to make accessible to many.
Reduce unnecessary complexity to empower homeowners and building industry professionals.
Enhance people’s health and well-being, support unique needs and foster human interactions.
Select materials and processes that generate new social, economic, and environmental well-being.