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Why It’s Time to Unlock America’s Single-Family Green Mortgage Market

September 22, 2021 2:00 pm EDT

In the face of an intensifying climate crisis, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are uniquely positioned to promote sustainable, resilient housing across the country. The Enterprises have already created several programs to accelerate production of green multifamily projects, and now the Federal Housing Finance Agency has the opportunity to expand that success to the single-family market.
NHC partnered with the Rocky Mountain Institute to host a webinar exploring the policies and programs that will ensure existing and new housing can withstand global warming. View the webinar recording or the presenters’ slides to learn more about how the Enterprises can lead us toward a more sustainable future.


Rita Ballesteros is a housing industry consultant working with organizations on strategies and implementation in affordable housing, finance, servicing, loss mitigation, and programs that improve home habitability, efficiency, and resiliency. She recently worked at Fannie Mae where she led the affordable housing preservation activities for its single family Duty to Serve requirements, as well as worked on other affordable housing, energy financing, and loss mitigation initiatives. Prior to Fannie Mae, Ms. Ballesteros had significant consulting experience with KPMG and through RAB Associates.
David Heslam has been a national leader in efforts to develop home energy labeling systems that allow the value of energy performance to be gauged by real estate stakeholders and professionals. He gained insight into the need for energy labeling during the 15 years he spent designing, building, and remodeling homes in Portland, OR, with national award-winning company, Coho Construction Services Inc. Since he started at Earth Advantage in 2008, he has  advocated for use of national standards to enable scalability of valuation efforts, implemented programs to enable to valuable of green and efficient homes, and conducted professional trainings for housing industry stakeholders.
Greg Hopkins is a Manager in RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings Program, based in Boulder, Colorado. Since joining in 2017, his work at RMI has primarily focused on finance and policy interventions to decarbonize housing and buildings. He manages RMI’s Finance the Future initiative, working to climate-align housing finance and scale up low-cost financing solutions for home energy and resilience improvements. He has also led various policy efforts at the city, state, and federal levels – including managing a cohort of 15+ cities nationwide to develop home energy labeling and disclosure policies, running a city accelerator on building performance standards, and developing comprehensive state and federal policy playbooks to decarbonize the buildings sector.
Madeline Salzman is a Management and Programs Analyst in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office. Madeline joined U.S. DOE in 2015 to manage programs that increase access to energy efficient technologies, including through the Home Energy Score program and Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator. She is currently leading clean energy workforce development strategy for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. She also conducts strategic analysis on how to increase affordability of and access to efficiency retrofits in US housing across income groups, regions, and housing types.



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September 22, 2021
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