The Sustainable Construction in Indian Country (SCinIC) initiative is a congressionally mandated effort of the HUD Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), in partnership with ONAP. Under this four-year initiative, FirstPic, Inc. has promoted and supported sustainable construction practices in Native communities through a range of tasks. These included:
- The Review of Current Activities Report: Identified Native communities that had or were working on sustainable construction projects, sustainable construction funding resources, and technical assistance resources.
- National Impediments Meeting: Conducted a national meeting to identify impediments to sustainable construction practices and opportunities for technical assistance and training for the Native communities.
- Demonstration Projects: Sought a diverse set of demonstration projects for potential technical assistance and best practice case studies.
- Training: Focused on real-life tribal examples of implementing regionally appropriate and cost-effective energy efficient and sustainable features in residential housing.