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September 04, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A single mom and her three kids are part of a grassroots movement to turn downtown Greenwood, South Carolina into a more sustainable community with help from Habitat for Humanity and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI). Six months after today’s groundbreaking ceremony, the new family will be moving into a brand new home on a site occupied for 11 years by an abandoned building.
“This part of Greenwood is an up and coming neighborhood and our new family is being welcomed with open arms. They are part of a bigger story which is our efforts to revitalize neighborhoods by providing safe, decent and affordable housing,” said Chad Charles, Habitat for Humanity’s Affiliate Director in the Greenwood area.
Building sustainable neighborhoods one house at a time is supported by SFI®. The Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity received a $5,000 grant from SFI Inc. to help build a home using products certified to the SFI Standard and to help raise awareness about sustainable forestry.
The family, which includes two teenage boys and a middle-‐ girl, will be moving into a three-‐bedroom, two-‐story 1,080-‐square-‐foot home. To qualify as homeowners, the family is giving 500 hours of sweat equity to help build the house. The new homeowner is also committed to acting as a local volunteer to help make her new community more sustainable.
“SFI is proud to help this family by partnering with Habitat for Humanity. In places like Greenwood, we are working at the intersection of viable markets, healthy forests and sustainable communities. A big part of our vision is to engage communities and encourage the responsible sourcing of wood products,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc.
Since 2008, SFI Inc. and SFI Implementation Committees have partnered up with over a dozen various Habitat for Humanity builds across Canada and the United States. These partnerships represent more than 4,000 volunteer hours and large amounts of donated building materials certified to the SFI Standard.
SFI is also working with the National Association of Home Builders and Built Green Canada to support green building certification of Habitat homes. Habitat for Humanity supports environmentally responsible construction of durable, healthy and sustainable homes. As part of Habitat’s efforts to enhance the environmental footprint of each home, Habitat and SFI have signed a memorandum of understanding to encourage Habitat affiliates, in places like Greenwood, to use wood products from organizations certified to the SFI Standard.
For the newest family in downtown Greenwood, sustainability is about to begin at home.