May 24, 2016

Housing Providers Strategize on Ambitious Energy Goals

This month I attended the third annual Better Buildings Challenge Summit in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of America’s most influential commercial and industrial energy efficiency leaders came together to share the latest, most innovative, and most effective solutions to cut energy waste and carbon emissions from our nation’s commercial, industrial, and residential buildings.  There, I […]

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December 18, 2015

How the Paris Climate Agreement Impacts Poverty

On Saturday December 13, 2015, 196 nations reached an historic agreement to work together to curb global warming. I had the privilege of attending the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP 21) in Paris, as part of the U.S. Government delegation, representing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and returned energized by […]

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July 29, 2015

The Greening of Jefferson Avenue, Richmond Virginia

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On June 9, I attended a kick-off event for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Greening America’s Capitals award of technical assistance to the City of Richmond. The goal of the three-day event was to gather input from community stakeholders to improve pedestrian and bicyclist mobility and safety along the Jefferson Avenue corridor in the Union […]

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July 20, 2015

Powering a Brighter Future in Public Housing

In 2013, President Obama put forth the Climate Action Plan and established an ambitious goal of reaching 100MW of on-site renewable energy capacity serving federally subsidized housing projects across the country by 2020.  Last week, the White House announced a series of additional initiatives designed to further increase access to renewable energy and ensure that […]

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June 29, 2015

Baltimore’s Regional Approach to Create Opportunity

Chances are that anything you’ve heard in the news about Baltimore recently has been connected to the civil unrest and the stark economic disparities that have plagued its communities for decades.  These challenges are significant, and overcoming them will require bold action and investment.  The good news is that important work is already happening to […]

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