For Immediate Release
May 14, 2013
Contact: Leah Garrett, (202) 407-7780, firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington, DC - Community of Hope, Inc. today announces The Big Green Commuting Fund. The fund, initiated by ZGF Architects LLP in conjunction with their annual Big Green Commute Challenge, will provide transit subsidies for Community of Hope program participants.
Community of Hope will use the fund to provide homeless families and low-income patients with resources to commute in sustainable manners. These resources might include public transportation fares (i.e. Metro day passes or SmartTrip cards), bicycles, bicycle safety equipment, Capital Bikeshare, or other environmental friendly resources.
Kelly Sweeney McShane, Community of Hope’s Executive Director, says “We are honored to partner with ZGF in both helping the environment and helping families in need. ZGF has been an important partner in sustainability, starting with their architectural design for a LEED Silver Certification for the Conway Health and Resource Center in Ward 8. This fund will ensure that low-income families have access to transportation that is environmentally sustainable.”
The Big Green Commute was established in 2000 to raise awareness of commuting impacts on the environment. What began as a challenge between the offices of ZGF has grown to a Washington-area wide competition. This year, the week-long event (May 13-17) includes 54 offices representing more than 5,425 employees. Community of Hope staff is also participating in the challenge. For more information, please visit www.biggreencommute.com.
“Providing a sustainable way for Community of Hope families and individuals to get to work, shopping, job interviews and doctor’s appointments or just explore the city is a nice complement to the goals of the Big Green Commute,” says Kelly Davis, Partner of ZGF Architects. “We are delighted to provide Community of Hope with the resources to accomplish this.”
Founded in 1980, Community of Hope works to improve the health and quality of life for low-income, homeless, and underserved families and individuals in the District of Columbia by providing healthcare, housing with supportive services, educational opportunities, and spiritual support. Community of Hope was recognized by the Washington Post for the 2012 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. In addition to this green project, Community of Hope has also recently partnered with the DC Sustainable Energy Utility to install energy-efficient CFL lightbulbs in the homes of our rapid rehousing families. For more information, please visit www.communityofhopedc.org.
ZGF Architects LLP is a 450-person architecture, planning and interior design firm, nationally recognized for its broad-based design practice. ZGF provided base building design services for Community of Hope’s Conway Health and Resource Center, which will be completed later this year. The firm’s work has been honored with more than 450 design awards. ZGF maintains offices in Washington, DC; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Los Angeles, CA; and New York City. For more information, please visit zgf.com.