Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation (MFCDC), a nonprofit community development corporation, has received a $25,000 Bank of America and United States Green Building Council Affordable Green Neighborhoods grant. This grant will be going toward their desired Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certification, verifying that MFCDC’s 20/21 Target Area meets the highly set categories for environmental and sustainable development. The categories for the LEED-ND certification are: Smart Location and Linkage, Neighborhood Pattern and Design, Green Infrastructure and Buildings, Innovation and Design Process, and Regional Priority.
MFCDC has focused its efforts in the 20/21 Target Area since 2009. The corporation has taken a people-first approach to the development by responding to the needs and problems of the current residents while also building green infrastructures and gardens to welcome future neighbors. MFCDC has been recognized by Madeline Frasier Cook, LISC’s Green Development Center, as “a national model for sustainable, green neighborhood development in an existing, low-income community.”
MFCDC LEED-ND partners include:
Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s (LISC) Indianapolis Office and National Green Development Center, USGBC, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Raimi + Associates, Agora Group, Guidon Design, Butler University‘s Center for Urban Ecology, and City of Indianapolis’ Office of Sustainability.