Sustainable Affordable Housing Management Print/eBook Combo

Sustainable Affordable Housing Management eBook
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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)

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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:
  1. Reducing their exposure to toxic paints, pesticides, cleaning products, and other chemicals
  2. Improving their access to healthy food
  3. Creating a community garden
  4. 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 DOWNLOAD: Creating a Successful Community Garden for Residents (from the Sustainable Affordable Housing Management Print/eBook Combo.)

The popularity of community gardens has exploded in recent years to over 18,000 community gardens in the U.S. and Canada. Many assisted and public housing sites see the benefits of having community gardening programs for residents and have started these programs at their sites. For example, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has about 700 gardens at its housing sites, and even has an in-house “Garden & Greening” program that supports NYCHA residents who want to create a community garden at their sites. And HUD has several programs, such as its Neighborhood Networks program, that encourage assisted sites to start community gardens for residents. this free download gives you the basics about community gardens, describe the benefits you’ll reap, and explain the steps to take to start and manage a community garden program at your assisted site.


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