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CAP Management partners with Masters of the Environment (MENV) Students at the University of Colorado Boulder

After working with CU Boulder’s MENV students in 2020 to create a Sustainability Guidebook for HOAs, CAP Management is partnering with the program again three years later to build upon its original framework to create a Certified Green HOA Program.

The objective of this project is to create a roadmap for a green HOA certification program that can be used by homeowner associations anywhere. By obtaining a green HOA certification, communities can demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility, which can benefit both residents and the broader community. In creating the deliverable, the team will identify best practices in other certification systems (such as LEED and WELL) as well as meet with a variety of stakeholders and environmental professionals throughout the project. Expected outcomes include outlining the various levels (bronze, silver, gold, platinum), categories, preconditions, and features of what the certification could look like. Areas of focus will include water management, waste, transportation, energy, building efficiency, health, community resilience, governance, and financials and be in alignment with Denver’s climate action plans and goals. Once the roadmap is completed, CAP Management plans to pilot the certification with their properties.

Students from the graduate program include Kaitlyn McBride (she/her), Q Redmond (any pronouns), and Spencer Wigodsky (he/him) who all share a passion for sustainability in the built environment. 

Kaitlyn McBride: Masters candidate specializing in Urban Resilience and Sustainability. Her areas of interest include resiliency planning, green buildings, and sustainable water management. Q Redmond: Masters candidate specializing in environmental and natural resources policy. Their area of interest is bringing community voices to the forefront of policy and governance.

Spencer Wigodsky: Masters candidate specializing in Urban Resilience and Sustainability. His areas of interest include climate action planning and sustainability consulting.