2008 MFE Awards
Merit: Green

Submitted by: GRECO Development One of the first LEED-certified projects in Minneapolis, GRECO Development's 242-unit rental property challenges the convention that a market-rate rental can't go totally green and still be economically viable.

Environmentally friendly features include easy access to transit lines and bike paths, reflective roof and paving systems, on-site shared vehicle programs, native landscaping, low-flow plumbing fixtures, low-VOC adhesives and paints, low-e glass coatings, and Energy Star appliances. More than 50 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills, and a "Living Green at Blue" home kit is provided to all residents offering additional tips to promote environmental sustainability.