South Hampton Roads Habitat for Humanity Named Affiliate of the Year at the 2016 Sustainable Leadership Awards
| Posted on 23 March, 2016
RICHMOND, VA — March 23, 2016 — South Hampton Roads Habitat for Humanity was honored at The 2016 Sustainable Leadership Awards, receiving the award for Affiliate of the Year.
The annual awards recognize the region’s premiere developers, builders, architects, government officials and other industry professionals for their work in advancing the benefits of sustainable building. South Hampton Roads Habitat for Humanity was honored on Tuesday evening at a ceremony in downtown Richmond which brought together close to 200 individuals representing home builders, non-profit and for-profit housing providers and developers, affordable housing advocates and those interested in creating green housing opportunities in Virginia. Awards were presented in a variety of categories to cover new construction, renovation, single family homes, multifamily housing and more.
Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads engages the community in building opportunities for qualified families to achieve independence and stability through purchasing an affordable home. We serve all seven geographical entities that comprise South Hampton Roads: Chesapeake, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.
This year’s awards were notable for other reasons as well: the host of the event, EarthCraft Virginia also announced that is has taken on a new name – Viridiant – in order to serve an even broader range of goals. The announcement coincides with the celebration of the organization’s tenth anniversary of advocacy for sustainable building.
“This was a big night for our organization,” said KC Bleile, Executive Director of Viridiant. “The work of our award winners and nominees serves as proof that the science of sustainability can deliver a housing future that is more affordable, more durable and more liveable. We’ve achieved a tremendous amount together thus far, and it feels wonderful to know that even Viridiant’s most ambitious goals can become reality with the right leadership – precisely the kind of leadership we gathered to honor last night by presenting our Sustainable Leadership Awards.”
Under the new name Viridiant, the non-profit group will increase its efforts in education, consultation and certification. Through these amplified efforts to promote and foster the advantages of sustainable building, Viridiant will continue to help set a path for businesses and homeowners to create structures that are more affordable, more livable and more durable.
About South Hampton Roads Habitat for Humanity
Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International is a true world leader in addressing today’s issues of poverty housing.
In 1984, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn took their first Habitat for Humanity work trip to New York City. Their personal involvement in Habitat’s mission—through the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project—brought the organization national visibility, and sparked coast-to-coast interest in Habitat’s work. As a result, Habitat for Humanity International experienced a dramatic growth in the number of new affiliates around the country.
Four years later, in 1988, a group of concerned Portsmouth citizens founded Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads. Dedicated to making affordable housing a matter of conscience and action, Habitat SHR completed its first home in 1990, in Portsmouth’s Prentis Park neighborhood. The organization has since afforded more than 200 families the opportunity to become homeowners and has provided critical home repairs to 15 low-income homeowners with the Repair Corps and A Brush with Kindness programs.
Viridiant is a non-profit organization committed to supporting sustainable building processes through education, consultation and certification. Through these efforts, Viridiant helps to set a path for businesses and homeowners to create structures that are more affordable, more livable and more durable.
Following ten years of advocating for sustainable homes and buildings across the Commonwealth, EarthCraft Virginia took on the new name Viridiant, in order to serve an even broader range of goals. Viridiant continues to serve hundreds of professionals and thousands of homeowners with the EarthCraft family of programs, while also introducing a wide variety of innovative services, such as in-home energy-monitoring and online energy-assessment tools, and providing unbiased consultation on emerging topics like solar energy and energy-efficient home mortgages. The mission of Viridiant is expressed through a focus on the “Three Pillars of Sustainability”: environmental sustainability, economic sustainability and structural sustainability. Learn more at viridiant.org.
The EarthCraft program was created in 1999 by a partnership between Southface Energy Institute and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and was brought to Virginia in 2006. Operated by Viridiant in Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland, EarthCraft is a family of green building certification programs designed to address climate, energy and water issues unique to the southeastern United States. The program serves as a blueprint for energy and resource-efficient single family homes, multifamily structures, renovation projects, community developments, light commercial buildings and sustainable preservation projects.
South Hampton Roads Habitat for Humanity
900 Tidewater Dr
Norfolk, VA 23504
1431 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: (804) 225-9843
Fax: (804) 562-4159