Tuesday, November 1, 2011
A non-profit affordable housing developer that spent $33 million for “green upgrades” to an Alexandria, Va., apartment complex, also administers a “Teens Going Green” program at the site where, among other things, teens take the green agenda “back home,” and are “policing their parents” to be more environmentally conscious.
At an event to unveil the “green upgrades” — $8.2 million of which was provided through a federal tax credit program — Mark James, the senior real estate development officer for the Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC), explained the “Teens Going Green” program.
“It’s so important that if you’re going to build green that everyone in the facility lives green, and that means teaching all of our students, our residents, to really pro-actively start to take on sustainability as a part of their lives,” James told CNSNews.com at the Oct. 20 ribbon cutting ceremony at the Buckman Road Apartments in Alexandria. “We do that a lot of times by starting with our teenagers. They have the most energy, they are always excited and active, actively being able to learn not only what we want to do for sustainability but they can take it back home.”