Commitment to the Community
Integral to its mission and values, BlueGreen is committed in the development process to improving not only the physical building that is being renovated, but also improving the lives of the people who live in that community. As part of that commitment, BlueGreen ensures that the rehabilitation work done on the property meets the needs of the residents and fosters social programs that benefit the residents.
Each community serviced by a revitalized property has a different focus which is taken into account when delivering a finished project back to the community. For example, in our senior housing properties, we recognize that as more and more seniors are living longer, there is an increasing need to service active senior lifestyles in the affordable housing market. To address this need, we have developed and fostered grandparenting programs with school aged children, recreational activities, technology training (such as increasing familiarity with use of computers and the internet), and we strongly encourage active participation in local community groups. For children, we focus on designing the project to ensure safety for children as well as specially designed recreational space so that we create homes for families, not just another apartment building. BlueGreen also facilitates after school programs and mentoring programs for children with groups such as YMCA, Big Brothers of America and Big Sisters of America.
During the development process, we like to give back to the local community through our JOIN program – Job Opportunities In Neighborhoods. BlueGreen’s JOIN program is a specific, contracted component of the development process whereby BlueGreen ensures local residents in those neighborhoods are given at least 40% of the construction and permanent jobs created as a result of the redevelopment of the property.
With a commitment to not only the neighborhood but to the environment, BlueGreen strives to rehabilitate its properties so that they are eligible for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. BlueGreen ensures that energy efficient appliances and lighting fixtures, low flow toilets and other energy conserving measures are taken in order to reduce the environmental impact of each new development.
By partnering with BlueGreen, you are partnering with the community.