Tuesday, May 5, 2009

NeighborWorks America Releases a New 'How-To' Guide to Green a Nonprofit

NeighborWorks America today released a comprehensive sustainability guide to help community development corporations and other non-profits to evaluate and improve the environmental and sustainable footprint of their organizations, or in short, "Go Green." Greening Your Non-Profit from the Inside Out: A NeighborWorks Guide for Community Development Organizations is built off of 22 actual sustainability audits of nonprofit organizations and uses these examples to tailor a “Go Green” guide for nonprofit organizations.

The guide also gives seven strong business reasons that a nonprofit organization should “go green.” They include:

  • Reduce Operating Costs
  • Provide a Healthier Work Environment
  • Attract and Retain the Best Employees
  • Build Integrity
  • Access New Capital
  • Plan for the Future
  • People Expect it and Respect It

Download the report and learn more about NeighborWorks America's Green efforts at nw.org/green.

Government Officials Honored for Achievements in Affordable Housing and Community Development

The 2009 NeighborWorks Government Service Award recipients have just been announced. This is an honor that recognizes elected or appointed officials at the local, state, and federal levels that have made significant contributions to improving the lives of the people in their communities through support for affordable housing and community development.

“The commitment demonstrated by these leaders at the federal, state and local government levels is ever more important given today’s challenges in the housing market and the economic crisis,” said Ken Wade, CEO of NeighborWorks America. “The 2009 honorees recognize the far-reaching impact of community development efforts. From supporting foreclosure intervention efforts and educating families about predatory foreclosure rescue scams, to ensuring residents have access to quality affordable housing, and revitalizing areas affected by blight, the 2009 honorees have made the communities they represent better places to live. We are proud to honor them for their invaluable service.”

Meet the 2009 Government Service Award winners.