Green & sustainable practices
NeighborWorks Umpqua’s commitment to sustainability and green practices has permeated everything that we do. We integrate green practices in our new construction, in our rehabs and in our offices. We strive to help build the local economy; sustainability is at the core of our used building material store, Heartwood ReSources.
The Green Team
NeighborWorks Umpqua’s green team is comprised up of staff members whose goal is to keep our operations as environmentally friendly as possible.
Healthy and sustainable principles
Although energy is one of the most common items that people think of within the “green” umbrella, creating healthy and sustainable homes and communities involves more than energy efficiency. A holistic approach to greening considers the full spectrum of ways that individuals and organizations can impact the environment as well as human health and well-being. The following principles provide a more complete picture of the steps needed to create the healthy and sustainable homes and communities. NeighborWorks Umpqua, NeighborWorks America and the NeighborWorks network seek to achieve:
- Energy Efficiency
- Water Conservation
- Healthy Indoor Environments
- Recycling and Waste Reduction
- Accessibility and Walkability
- Environmentally Friendly Landscapes
- Sustainable Materials and Products, Durability, and the Life Cycle Approach
Green multi-family housing
NeighborWorks Umpqua’s developments consistently push the leading edge of sustainable multifamily housing in Southern Oregon. Our Calapooia Crossing development in Sutherlin featured passive solar design and solar hot water when both were fairly new concepts in Oregon. Our Princeton Court apartment complex features a 70Kw solar array—one of the largest in southwestern Oregon—that helps keep home affordable for our residents.
Our crown jewel, however, is Eagle Landing:
This complex, developed on the Roseburg VA campus, was the first building in Douglas County to be LEED-Gold certified. It features solar hot water, excellent insulation, water-saving landscaping techniques, healthy and sustainable building materials and ultra-low-flow water-saving appliances. We’re proud of Eagle Landing, and hope that it helps “LEED” the way towards more sustainable construction techniques in Southern Oregon.
Green construction: benefits and options
Are you considering building a green home, retrofitting your home or simply upgrading one or two features to be more energy efficient? Are you curious about the rebates, financing options and/or incentives for doing so? We have resources to help address these questions. Check out our External Resources Inventory or call our Housing Rehabilitation program staff at 541-673-4909.
External Resources Inventory
- NeighborWorks Umpqua Rehab – fix homes, upgrade HVAC, insulate, etc.
- DC Smart Energy – helps Douglas County residents save energy
- UCAN – weatherization – for residents of Douglas and Josephine counties
- ORCCA – weatherization – for residents of Coos and Curry counties
- Energy Trust – offers many incentives
- Enhabit – improves home efficiency
- NWU’s Healthy and Sustainable Principles brochure