Contact: Wendy Irvin, Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity, GTR
Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse, a finalist for the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards as “Innovator of the Year”
Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region (GTR) is a finalist for “Innovator of the Year” in the first annual Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards. The Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards honor Michigan organizations and individuals for their commitment to responsible energy production and consumption. The “Innovator of the Year” category is presented to a person, organization, program, company, or product that is driving innovation and significant progress in Michigan’s energy-efficiency industry.
Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse was nominated for this award for their innovative Depot Neighborhood development. The ten Habitat for Humanity homes within the development are net zero homes. These homes, powered in large part by solar energy, provide little to no energy bills for homeowners. In fact, residents of the neighborhood who took occupancy of the first phase of homes have already received significant energy credits from Traverse City Light & Power.
“Habitat, Grand Traverse Region's housing model is designed in every aspect to provide families with a sustainable future – ?nancially, socially, and environmentally. Qualified homeowners, living in one of Habitat's ten new net zero homes, will experience the joy of affordable housing through energy conservation and renewable energy components,” explains Wendy Irvin, HFH-GTR Executive Director. “We are one of only two Habitat affiliates nationwide constructing this type of development. We are thrilled to receive recognition from the State of Michigan Governor’s office for our efforts,” she adds.
Traverse City Light & Power, a significant supporter of the project, nominated Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse for the award. “Because of the uniqueness of the project and measurable energy savings that is already impacting the families living in the homes, Light and Power felt it was highly deserving of the award,” said Jessica Wheaton, Traverse City Light & Power’s Manager of Energy Services & Key Accounts. “Habitat has developed a model that could be replicated across the state, and quite possibly the nation, and Light and Power is excited to have played a role in the project’s initial success.”
Habitat for Humanity – Grand Traverse Region, serving Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties, is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International – a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build affordable housing. The homes are sold to qualified families at no profit and no interest.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity GTR, contact Wendy Irvin at 231-943-4663 or visit: www.habitatgtr.org.