September 22, 2011

Green Building in Indian Country

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Our guest blogger today is Francis Harjo, Information and Communications Manager with HUD’s Office of Native American Program. Mr. Harjo is Creek/Seminole/Paiute.

Our ancestors considered this land, our Earth, sacred – a gift to pass on to our children. In many ways, Native communities have been the most green advocates and implementers of green practices since the beginning.

HUD’s Office of Native American Program’s is hosting the “Greener Homes National Summit”, in Denver, Colorado, on September 27-29. During the three-day national conference, participants will discuss ways to promote energy-efficient practices in Tribal homes and communities, and encourage economic development of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency technologies.

Many tribes are already putting these efforts into practice, and the summit will include recognition of six green tribal model sustainable projects, one per ONAP region.  There will also be panel discussions on tribal initiatives funded under the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities 2010 planning awards, net-zero energy building, and sustainable tribal campus development and green curriculums. Some of the other talks include: “Energy Efficiency and Your Home,” “Conducting Energy Assessments,” “Developing a Green Community,” “Financing Alternative Energy Projects,” and “Alternative Energy Sources & Building Materials.”

Speakers will include Rick Garcia, HUD Region VIII Administrator; Rodger Boyd, HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Office of Native American Programs (ONAP); and, Shelly Poticha, Director of HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities.  Randall Akers, Administrator of the Northern Plains ONAP, will emcee for the opening and closing sessions.  Participants will also be able to network and build relationships with government, tribal, community, and business representatives during conference discussions, scheduled breaks, and when touring the exhibit space.

There is no cost to register. Registration is open but space is limited. 

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