Penobscot Indian Nation | Penobscot Leed Homes

Through collaboration with local lenders and the U.S. government, tribal member home ownership is on the rise. The Penobscot Indian Nation Housing Authority (PINHA) built 12 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold single family homes. The project has helped bring young, low-income families back to the community, reuniting them with a strong cultural and traditional heritage. The project features a nature path, native plants, a boardwalk network connecting to community facilities, sweat lodges and a ceremonial multi-use space. 

This case study forms part of the Case Studies 2013 project by the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC). These case studies are foundational to SNCC's multi-year effort to research and share the exciting work that tribes are undertaking across the country.

About The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative

The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC) was founded in New Mexico in 2009 to advance the development of culturally and environmentally responsive housing design within American Indian communities.

Through planning, architectural design, technical assistance and research, the collaborative help tribal communities gain self-sufficiency, improve their impacts on the natural world, and develop healthy, green, culturally-appropriate communities.