Project: EnviRenew

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Alexandra Miller created and implemented strategies for place-based investment in disaster-affected, low- to middle-income communities as part of a team at EnviRenew, an $11 million housing fund. Sustainability and triple-bottom-line evaluation were at the core of EnviRenew’s investment strategies; the fund provided grants for construction of energy-efficient housing, as well as energy retrofit of existing homes for residents who had rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina. Our team helped to establish “Green Renew Zones,” or locations of concentrated investment, to enable enough development for the housing market to begin to recover on its own in certain areas, thereby reducing blight in neighboring areas as well. The EnviRenew project also entailed partnership management with local neighborhood organizations in order to build community capacity and create awareness of the benefits of sustainable development.