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Housing investments as a cross-cutting solution to tackle climate change and stimulate the economy

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As European countries reel from the global pandemic and the world seeks to more aggressively slow the impact of climate change, some Eastern and Central European countries seek to tackle these dual issues through one cross-cutting intervention: Housing.

Specifically, some countries are developing policies to invest in green, resilient housing. Organized by the Way Forward Coalition, Arthur Acolin* of the University of Washington facilitates a dynamic discussion around how investments to retrofit green / resilient housing solutions can simultaneously support economic recovery and growth following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Co-organized by the Way Forward Coalition

Moderator: Arthur Acolin – Runstad Department of Real Estate in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington


  • Edmond Vardumyan – National Mortgage Company
  • Leila Kabalan – Miyamoto International
  • Sirarpi Haykazyan – Agence Française de Développement
  • Dr. Zoran Kostov – Habitat for Humanity Macedonia

*Arthur Acolin is co-author of the Cornerstone of Recovery report and a newly launched Ladder Up report, both of which address how housing can be a driver of economic recovery and growth

Interested in learning more? Watch other sessions here.