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MCCA is Going Green

energy-efficiency-safety-tips-for-the-holidaysReleased on November 8, 2013

 Mid Central Community Action (MCCA) recognized as NeighborWorks® Green Organization

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Program honors organizations with sustainable business practices that save money

and improve environments for low-and moderate-income families

 

[Bloomington, IL] – Mid Central Community Action (MCCA) has been recognized as a NeighborWorks Green Organization for its comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations.  To achieve this designation, MCCA demonstrated adherence to thirty-three (33) green business practices across its operations and all of the program areas.   This is the second consecutive year that NeighborWorks America has recognized member organizations for their efforts to create healthier, energy-efficient environments for homeowners, renters, community residents and employees.  To date, 42 NeighborWorks organizations have achieved this designation.   MCCA’s vision, which is to be a self-sustaining agency of excellence envisioning healthy, self-sufficient families interacting positively with one another in strong, safe and diverse neighborhoods to enhance the community while preserving the environment, is committed to green practices.  The MCCA Board of Directors passed a resolution in June, 2011 to work toward incorporating green practices in daily operations and interactions with customers, residents and community members.  Educational curricula for MCCA’s single family rehabilitation, homeownership promotion and homeownership preservation lines of business include incorporating and sustaining green practices.   The NeighborWorks Green Organization designation is significant because it challenges organizations to be comprehensive in their efforts to be green.  Collectively, these activities help reduce energy and water consumption and costs, create healthier living and working environments, and promote sustainable communities.   “Mid Central Community Action is a leader in sustainable business practices, helping individuals and families become healthier with an improved quality of life,” said NeighborWorks America CEO Eileen M. Fitzgerald.  For more information on the green designation, and to see the complete list of designees, go to http://www.nw.org/green.   “We have changed our purchasing habits by using recycled materials and non toxic cleaning products and now include green tips related to our core principles in internal and external communications” said MCCA Executive Director Rockie Zeigler.  To see MCCA’s Green Goals, please see below.   Contact for more information AnaPatricia Marquez, MCCA Green Champion      309-834-9232 or anapatriciam@mccainc.org     MCCA, Inc. Board of Directors passed a resolution on June 15, 2011 to meet all aspects of the Green NeighborWorks® Organization Designation set forth by NeighborWorks® America as they relate to activities and outreach of our organization. These activities will include, but are not limited to: a Green Operations Plan and Home Ownership Education. As noted in the MCCA 2012-2015 Strategic Plan, our focus for Asset Management includes a plan for capital improvements and operating facilities using the Green Organization Designation guidelines. The MCCA Executive Assistant has been designated as our organization’s “Green Champion”. The vision for MCCA includes recognition of environmental, economic and social benefits of Green operations as follows: “healthy self-sufficient families interacting positively with one another in strong, safe and diverse neighborhoods to enhance the community while preserving the environment.”   Green Team
  • AnaPatricia Marquez – Green Champion
  • Jenna Kearns
  • Deborah White
  • Kathy Shubert
  • Darin Pleines
  • Angela Frazier
  • Special Morgan
  • Melissa Newbill
  The purpose of the green team is to oversee the development, implementation and adherence to the sustainable business operations for Mid Central Community Action. They will be responsible for meeting or exceeding the requirements in the green operations plan. They will be part of the deciding force regarding major purchases, recycling efforts, reviewing energy efficiency, etc. in effort to maintain or exceed our green practices.   Goals for FY15: Main Office Location
  • Start Phase 1 of the roof replacement
  • Replace carpeting with green carpet tiles for Phase 1
  • Implement green education and material to transitional housing tenants and welcome packets for new tenants
  • Implement green practices with the start of the Attorney General renovations including implementing energy efficient measures, weatherization standards, recycling material and repurposing materials
Mayors Manor
  • Add a recycling dumpster to location and educate the tenants on how to recycle
  • Implement green education to tenants through the Resident Council Meetings
  • Continue to reduce energy consumption by 5%
Neville House
  • Use drought-resistant and/or native, non-invasive landscaping
  • Prohibit synthetic air fresheners, looking for natural ones
  • Provide a bike rack for residents or staff
  • Provide green training and tips to residents during house meetings