CHP One of First in Nation Named a NeighborWorks Green OrganizationPosted on Dec 11th, 2012
Christiansburg, Va. – Being a green business seems natural to an organization like CHP whose roots were established in weatherization work for low-income Appalachian families 37 years ago and has grown into a 365-employee company committed to to creating affordable, green, sustainable housing opportunities and services for communities in the southeast. And so it is a particular honor for the nonprofit to have recently been recognized by NeighborWorks America as one of 16 organizations to receive the NeighborWorks Green Organization designation for its comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations based on adherence to a set of green business practices across the organization’s operations and all of its program areas.
NeighborWorks America CEO Eileen Fitzgerald presented CHP, a NeighborWorks America member organization, with the award on December 11 in Washington, DC. This is the first time NeighborWorks has formally recognized organizations for their efforts to create healthier, energy-efficient environments for homeowners, renters, community residents, and employees.
“We are honored to by this recognition because environmental stewardship has always been a critical component of our mission,” said CHP President and CEO Janaka Casper. "We believe our responsibility to our communities includes a responsibility to our planet--it’s just part of the DNA of our organization.”
CHP’s extensive efforts to promote and implement sustainable practices and policies in its real estate development, housing services, and energy solutions segments include the weatherization of more than 17,800 homes; training of over 30,000 individuals in energy conservation and green-building skills; development of 20 EarthCraftTM -certified multifamily communities and 32 ENERGY STAR-certified single-family homes; the design and construction of a LEED Silver-certified youth resident facility; management of over 5,200 rental units using established Green Operations and Maintenance principles; green education programs for 10,000 residents; and the creation of an employee Green Team committed to developing initiatives to further organizational environmental responsibility;
The NeighborWorks Green Organization designation is significant because it challenges organizations to be comprehensive in their green efforts. By embracing a sustainable business culture, they produce benefits to thousands of individuals through homeowner education, housing development activities, and community engagement programs. Collectively, these activities help reduce energy consumption and costs, create healthier living and working environments, and promote sustainable communities.
NeighborWorks America’s goal is for two-thirds of its 235 NeighborWorks America member organizations to receive a green designation by 2016. As a result, more than 100,000 residents in NeighborWorks rental properties would have better information on managing healthy, energy-conscious homes; more than 25,000 low- and moderate-income families annually would possess the knowledge and skills to assess the homes they are buying for green, healthy features; and 6,000 owner-occupants each year would receive healthy, energy-efficiency home repairs. For more information about the green designation and to see the complete list of designees, go to (link to video to be provided by NW).
About NeighborWorks® America
For nearly 35 years, NeighborWorks America has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $19.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals. For more information, go to www.nw.org.