The Collaborative is providing hands-on technical and design assistance to five tribal project teams in the Southwest with generous support from a National Endowment for the Arts grant. We present at regional and national conferences, and have established a resources-based website, with a growing database of green and culturally sensitive tribal projects nationwide. Our focus includes:
- Promoting green rating systems that work in tribal communities, such as the new rural pathway in the 2011 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria;
- Assisting interested tribes apply for an Enterprise Green Communities Charrette Grant for up to $5,000;
- Working directly with communities interested in sustainable development, such as the SW Case Studies project;
- Serving on the newly formed Tribal Green Building Codes Workgroup, advocating for sustainable building codes, financing and development relevant to each tribal community’s climate, culture and goals;
- Documenting best practices and researching exemplary case studies to measure success in terms of the different cultural, economic, environmental and social values inherent to each community; and
- Acting as a national resource to promote and support green and culturally relevant building practices in American Indian communities. Our growing database can help connect people to exemplary Native American projects, organizations and resources for sustainable development.