HACM Recognized for Leadership in Sustainability & Conservation
USGBC-WI names HACM a "Community Champion"
MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-WI) presented the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) with its Community Champion Award of Excellence November 5, 2015 at the organization's annual Transformation Awards in Milwaukee. The award recognized HACM's commitment to ensuring that the benefits of sustainable design are shared equitably across society, as well as for setting new benchmarks for sustainable development in Milwaukee and internationally.
Mayor Tom Barrett, who provided opening remarks at the ceremony and welcomed attendees from across the state, lauded the honor: "This award recognizes the Housing Authority's leadership in sustainable design practices and its success in demonstrating that conservation and sustainability can be a part of the built environment that benefits all citizens, regardless of their economic circumstances. HACM Secretary-Executive Director Tony Pérez and his staff have earned this honor through their daily commitment to improving the lives of Milwaukee's residents and neighborhoods."
"We are honored to receive this award because it recognizes both the care we take to provide healthy built environments for our residents and our efforts to conserve our planet's natural resources," said Pérez.
Over the past decade, HACM has redeveloped older buildings to increase their energy efficiency and developed new buildings and neighborhoods that push at the boundaries of sustainability standards. With each succeeding development project, HACM has built upon its past experience to refine its conservation practices and broaden their impact. Along the way, HACM has helped to set new benchmarks, from the installation of the nation's largest multi-family residential green roof in 2004 to the development of the world's highest-rated LEED-ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Neighborhood Development) Stage 3 neighborhood in 2012.
As a civic institution serving some of Wisconsin's lowest-income residents, HACM works with a variety of private and public entities to incorporate sustainable design into its buildings and neighborhoods. HACM will continue to strive to be a leader in transforming the build environment of Milwaukee and establishing a broader level of awareness of the importance of sustainability and conservation.
Pictured above (l to r): Warren Jones, HACM Director of Development; Tony Perez, HACM Secretary-Executive Director Tony Perez; Jackie Burrell, Westlawn Resident Council President; Bobbi Marsells, HACM Assistant Secretary; Glen Radford, HACM Project Manager. Photo credit: Kyle Kummer, Indevox Studios