As a green affordable housing developer, Urban Green often partners with community development corporations and tenant groups to create next-generation, green affordable housing communities including Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects, mixed-income, Section-8 and other federally-subsidized housing developments. We also develop home ownership projects specializing in urban-infill, condo and cooperative housing communities that share our passion for healthy, high-performance living environments. As many organizations aspire to participate in the growing movement toward sustainable building practices, Urban Green takes on the challenges of sustainable development with confidence and clarity – making the process of “going green” much simpler to understand and execute.
As a one-stop-shop for sustainable housing and renewable energy development, our company specializes in the integration of housing and energy to achieve high-performance buildings. For housing projects, our experienced team will manage the entire green development process by providing development and consulting services in the following areas:
SOLAR, FUEL CELL, GEOTHERMAL – POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENTS
RENEWABLE ENERGY MICRO-DISTRICTS AND OFF-GRID SOLUTIONS
UTILITY BENCHMARKING AND CAPITAL NEEDS ASSESSMENTS
ENERGY COOPERATIVES AND SHARED INCENTIVE PROGRAMS
COORDINATION OF ALL ENERGY INCENTIVES
WE CAN PROVIDE 100% FINANCING!!!
Mark E. James is the Founder and President of Urban Green, LLC and brings 18 years of experience in affordable housing and sustainable development to the company. Mr. James has managed the development of over 1.5 million square feet of housing and commercial buildings valued at more than $200 million. His professional background includes specializations in affordable housing preservation, multi-layered housing finance, low-income housing tax credits, bond financing, for-sale housing and sustainable energy solutions including solar, geothermal and fuel cell systems applications. Prior to starting Urban Green, Mark was a Senior Real Estate Development Officer with Community Preservation and Development Corporation in Washington, DC. During his 5 years with CPDC, he established himself as an innovator in green affordable housing as the project manager for the award-winning Wheeler Terrace Apartments. Wheeler Terrace was the first affordable housing project in the District of Columbia to utilize a geothermal system in addition to being the first Section 8 community in the United States to meet LEED (Gold) certification. Prior to joining CPDC, Mark was the Director of Acquisitions for Renewal Housing Associates, an affordable housing preservation development firm based in Portland, MA. He also operated a development consulting business for 2 years where he structured financing for both homeownership and rental projects in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Preceding this venture, he served as a Vice President in the Community Investment Division with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh for five years. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the US Green Building Council and is a Board Member of the National Center for Healthy Housing.