Net Zero Infill Development: Implementing Climate Action Plans

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify infill opportunities for meeting climate action and resilience targets.
  • Integrate economic development and environmental resilience strategies.
  • Define the roles of the public and private sectors for New Zero projects and build partnerships.

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Focus on two case studies where nonprofit leaders and community partnerships are implementing Houston's Climate Action Plan and Resilience Plan. These projects meet aggressive environmental targets and deliver sustained social benefits. Both are located in Federal Opportunity Zones characterized by food, child care, and health care deserts. Their planning and community-engagement processes are already recognized as best-practice models.

Robins Landing in East Houston is the first mixed-use town center developed by Habitat for Humanity in the United States. It includes a community-based approach to recruit and partner with local providers of health, nutrition, education, and housing services. It is planned as a detention-positive project that will provide 100 percent of building and 30 percent of transportation energy by 2030. The project received the 2021 Texas APA Gold Award for Resilience.

The Ruffino Hills project — located on a 143-acre, interjurisdictional, landfill-reclamation site in southwest Houston — is conceived as a district-scale, mixed-use, net-positive energy and detention project. Houston One Voice, a local nonprofit, worked with a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone to shape a consensus plan that balances regional detention, economic development, and recreation.