Build It Green connects housing changemakers to transform California’s housing ecosystem. Together, we address the interwoven issues of affordability, social equity, and the environment to support thriving neighborhoods that exist in harmony with human and natural systems.
Learn more about our work and approach below.

BIG convenes changemakers across California to catalyze new possibilities

Through the California Housing System Innovators Network, BIG convenes 350+ cross-sectoral changemakers from across the state to explore issues through a systemic thinking lens and develop new ideas to create a housing system grounded in resilience, adaptability, and equity.

BIG is currently incubating the following initiatives. These topics are generated through the California Housing System Innovators Network, and other pathways,  and are always explored in collaboration with partners.

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BIG incubates promising new ideas and approaches to test their potential

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Equitable Housing Co-ops

We work with local partners to increase the number of equitable housing co-ops.

Electrical Panel Optimization

We convene changemakers to advance electrification.

Small Developer Network

We offer pathways for diverse, small contractors, builders, and developers from historically neglected communities.

Infrastructure to Support Equitable Housing

We support housing development in high-need communities by targeting critical infrastructure.

Regenerative Communitites

We advance community-based approaches for development in rural and urban California. 

Middle Income Housing and Decarbonization

We invest resources to build homes that are affordable for middle-income residents.

BIG transforms California’s housing system with new programs and resources

Based on the convening, catalyzing, and incubation work we do with our partners, BIG develops programs and resources that reshape the housing and community development industries, enables leadership from marginalized communities, and creates deeper connections between human and natural systems. Together, these programs and resources transform California’s housing ecosystem, communities, and relationship to the natural world.

Alex Coba

Communications Associate

As a proud California native from Stockton, Alex brings a wealth of experience and a versatile skill set. He has a solid communication background with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations from California State University, Chico. Alex is adept at strategic communications and media relations, with experience gathering and sharing stories from his local communities that uplift the unique spirit and values of those places. He is excited to join Build It Green, where he can apply his talents to further BIG’s mission to help communities across California thrive.