The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee has proven that sustainable, supportive and healthy communities aren’t limited to the nation’s top zip codes or tony neighborhoods. The Westlawn Gardens redevelopment project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has earned the highest level of certification for any LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) built project for redeveloping a severely distressed public housing project into an award winning, mixed-income community. The Housing Authority’s leadership has also won Westlawn Gardens a number of accolades. Not only is it the highest rated LEED ND v2009 built project, it is also the first LEED ND certification in the state of Wisconsin of any stripe, includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum certification in Milwaukee, was awarded a 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods grant by USGBC, and received a Charles L Edson Tax Credit Award in 2013. All of this in a section of Milwaukee with housing stock that was previously described as “severely distressed” and as having a “negative impact on the surrounding community”.
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