Local Non-profit Receives Two State Honors for Environmental Leadership

Christiansburg, Virginia – Coming off the heels of a national 2007 Energy Star® Partner of the Year award, Community Housing Partners (CHP) recently received two state honors for environmental leadership and sustainable building

On May 3, the Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) honored five individuals and organizations from government, corporate, non-profit and community sectors within the Commonwealth who have set themselves apart as leaders in conservation and sustainability at the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond. CHP President and CEO Janaka Casper and Architect Colin Arnold accepted a 2007 Conservation Award for Non-profit Leadership in Green Building and Sustainability.

Other honorees included, Bank of America, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Richard Cizik, a nationally known evangelical leader, and Bryna Dunn, LEED AP of Moseley Architects.

Nathan Lott, Executive Director of VCN, congratulated CHP saying, “We recognize and applaud Community Housing Partners for enhancing green design in Virginia. Green building practices are an exceptional way to build more environmentally aware and sustainable communities.”

One such project that helped the organization receive this award was the Roanoke-Lee Street Duplex project, which also received one of seven 2007 Go Green awards from the James River Green Building Council (JRGBC). In the second year of this award, JRGBC honored Community Design Studio (CDS), a wholly owned limited liability corporation of Community Housing Partners Corporation, for design that supports the principles of sustainability in Central Virginia.

Last month, James Ruhland, III, Apprentice Architect III with CDS, accepted the award last month in Richmond, Va., which was given by a panel of judges including Frank Harmon, FAIA; Tim Martin, PE; Isaac Panzarella, PE; Sarah Susanka, FAIA; Gail Lindsey, FAIA.

In response to these recent state awards, Casper said, “We graciously accept both of these honors in recognition of our contributions to sustainability in our state. It is a testament of the hard work and dedication of our staff to create communities that are healthy, affordable and sustainable places to both work and live.”