VP Green Initiatives at Enterprise Community Partners Dana Bourland Selected to Judge MHN’s Green Initiative Awards

New York—Dana Bourland, vice president of green initiatives for the Enterprise Community Partners Inc., has been selected to judge MHN’s second annual Green Initiative Awards. Bourland directs all aspects of Enterprise’s Green Communities program, from strategic planning and program development to evaluation and public policy advocacy. She is currently leading the second phase of Green Communities to address retrofits for existing buildings and the provision of community-based green services.“Green provides the opportunity for us to rethink everything about the way we live and do business, allowing us to tap one of the most underutilized resources we have—our innovation.  Finding ways to be better stewards of the environment simultaneously provides us better living environments,” says Bourland. “We, at Enterprise, have been transformed by our environmental commitment and what we have learned about the benefits of green in the affordable housing sector, and we see this transformation happening in businesses across the country.”The Green Initiative Awards, presented by MHN, recognize eco-friendly corporate initiatives by apartment communities, developers, suppliers, manufacturers and others in the multifamily sector. Winners will be published in the November 2009 issue of Multi-Housing News Magazine. Deadline for entries is August 1. Click here for more information and to enter MHN’s Green Initiative Awards Competition.Previously, Bourland worked at the Maryland Department of Planning, where she implemented and collaborated on Smart Growth-related policies. A LEED AP, Bourland holds a master’s degree in planning and is a graduate of Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Program in Real Estate. She also serves as a juror for the Washington Smart Growth Alliance’s Smart and Sustainable Growth Recognition Program.“Through Enterprise’s Green Communities initiative we are learning firsthand from developers of affordable housing who have reduced construction waste by over 80 percent, reduced water consumption by over 20 percent, harvested rainwater and solar energy for use on site and chosen to install natural, non-toxic materials,” Bourland notes. “The developers we work with do not just build one green housing development and then go back to conventional practices. They go further next time, and that is what we are doing at Enterprise so that by 2013 all the housing that we help produce and preserve will be green.”