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In addition to the demonstration projects, there are a number of other projects under development throughout the state meeting the Green Communities Criteria. Including the demonstration projects and these projects, Minnesota Green Communities is by far the largest green building program in Minnesota, with more than 1,000 units completed, 1,500 under construction, and another 1,500 under development. . This success is in large part due to the newly-adopted Minnesota Housing mandatory requirements that new construction projects meet the Minnesota Overlay to the Green Communities Criteria starting in the fall 2007 Super RFP funding round.
When affordable housing projects meet the Minnesota Overlay to the Green Communities criteria, the result is fewer climate change gases emitted into our atmosphere. When all the funded projects funded through 2008 are built, the reduction in emissions will be almost five million fewer pounds of CO2 released each year, the equivalent of the CO2 footprint of 90 to 100 average Minnesota households. For more details on the approach and sources for this estimate, please click here.