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Sustainable Affordable Housing Management: A Money-Saving Guide to Keeping Your Site Green, Healthy & Energy Efficient
By Carolyn Zezima, President, NYC Foodscape
2016 | Softcover | 304 pages PLUS eBook (EPUB3 and PDF)The FREE eBook bonus is an immediate download in EPUB3 and PDF. The EPUB is optimized for use with iBook on Apple devices and Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 on non-Apple devices. Links to free downloads of the iBooks and Adobe apps are provided.
Create and Implement Sustainability Plans for Your Site!
Contains 20 Model Tools—including Memos, House Rules, Agreements, Notices, Checklists, and more—that you can adapt and use immediately at your site!
This comprehensive guide will help owners and managers of affordable housing sites create and implement sustainability plans for their sites. This guide explains how to:
- Save money by reducing energy and water consumption;
- Get residents to adopt “green” practices, such as recycling and composting;
- Get incentives for sustainability initiatives, including major energy-saving improvements and retrofits; and
- Improve the health of residents by:
- Reducing their exposure to toxic paints, pesticides, cleaning products, and other chemicals
- Improving their access to healthy food
- Creating a community garden
- Implementing a no-smoking policy
This comprehensive sustainability guide recognizes that affordable housing is more than just a place to live. Providing high-quality affordable housing gives low-income households the opportunity to succeed and to stay healthy in their homes. Creating a sustainability plan for “green” operations and healthy site practices can help make this happen. This guide will show you how to set goals for reducing overall energy costs, both for the site and for residents, and take steps to improve your residents’ quality of life by improving the site’s air and other health impacts.
HUD takes environmental sustainability at affordable housing sites seriously by requiring and rewarding many energy-efficiency and other conservation practices at assisted sites. And every section of this guide gives you links to resources that offer financial incentives, expertise, and free tools you can adapt and use to meet the sustainability goals at your site.
Author Carolyn Zezima has spoken to affordable housing and sustainability experts across the country, and has found that many sites report that when they adopt sustainability practices, they can trim operational costs, reduce health risks, and improve comfort for residents. With help from these experts, this guide will help you find ways to:
- Increase the value and quality of your site
- Reduce operating costs
- Conserve energy and environmental resources
- Improve resident and employee well-being
Sustainability plans don’t just help the site save money. A well-implemented sustainability plan also helps low-income residents succeed by helping them save money and become healthier, through sustainable site practices like community gardens that increase their access to healthy food, and green cleaning policies and training that reduce their exposure to chemicals in their units and the site’s common areas.
Table of Contents:
Section 1: Charting the Course: Planning for Environmental Sustainability at Affordable Housing
1.1: Drafting Effective and Measurable Environmental Sustainability Plans
1.2: Charting Progress with Data Collection, Benchmarking & Energy Audits
Section 2: Powering Down for Savings: Conserving Water & Energy
2.1: Reducing Water Usage
2.2: Reducing Energy Consumption
Section 3: Operation Green: Maintaining a Green & Healthy Site Inside & Out
3.1: Improving Indoor Air Quality
3.2: Creating a Green Cleaning Program
3.3: Using Safe Painting Procedures
3.4: Implementing Integrated Pest Management
3.5: Using Green Landscaping Practices
3.6: Establishing a Waste Reduction & Recycling Program
3.7: Creating a Food Waste Collection & Composting Program
Section 4: More than a Place to Live: Good Food & Healthy Living for Residents & Staff
4.1: Improving Healthy Food Access
4.2: Creating a Successful Community Garden for Residents
4.3: Incorporating Resident Education & Engagement Strategies
4.4: Going Smoke-Free
Section 5: Green for Green: Paying for Major Energy-Saving Improvements & Retrofits
5.1: Taking Advantage of HUD Energy-Efficiency Incentives
5.2: Exploring 12 Categories of Financing for Renewable Energy & Efficiency Improvements
FREE CHAPTER: Good Food & Healthy Living for Residents & Staff (from the Sustainable Affordable Housing Management Print/eBook Combo.)
Residents at assisted sites often have difficulty finding affordable and healthy food. Assisted sites are often located in neighborhoods where food options are limited to convenience stores, liquor stores, or fast food restaurants that offer low-cost but unhealthy snacks and meals. Supermarkets, grocery stores, and other retailers that offer fresh produce and other healthy food choices either may be miles away, making it difficult for residents without transportation to shop for healthier options, or may be too expensive for low-income residents to afford the healthy food.
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