LISC Institute

Spotlight

Spotlight on Green Retrofitting, Resilience and Efficiency

Comprehensive housing preservation and stabilization work in tandem with green practices. As the housing stock ages and the climate changes, CDFIs and our partners are working collaboratively to incorporate green design, resiliency and efficiency into their work. While there is no one size fits all approach to doing green work, we highlight partners and peers who have formed strategic alliances in conjunction with neighborhood residents as a blueprint for intentional green initiatives. 

Read the complete Letter from the Editor for additional information about what this month's Spotlight covers. 

Letter from the Editor

 

 

In Practice

The LISC Institute spoke to RiseBoro Community Partnership in Brooklyn, NY and Lakes Region Community Developers in NH to hear more about their work with passive house and green retrofitting. 

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LISC created this Guide to Green and Healthy Multi-Family Affordable Housing as a means of providing a green and healthy framework to integrate cost effective healthy and green practices into existing affordable housing rehabilitation and property management.

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Our colleagues at the LISC Boston office hosted a forum on "Resilience and Affordable Housing" in conjuction with national and local resiliency experts and multifamily affordable housing developers. 

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Drawing on its work in retrofitting multifamily housing, Enterprise's toolkit offers a retrofit roadmap for multifamily housing owners, investors, and developers. 

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What we're reading

Read this Next City article on how Portland resident leaders are pushing green infrastructure forward as an anti-poverty strategy. 

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This NY Times piece considers the impact of New York City's goal of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 on the housing market. 

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A forthcoming passive house building in the East Harlem neighborhood of NYC, Sendero Verde, is slated to have energy-efficient technology, public gardens, access to onsite social services and a school.

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Read this reflection in Strait Times on the benefits of passive house on social inclusion and housing affordability. 

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Yale Climate Connections speaks with a representative from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy to explore ways energy efficiency can be a tool for economic development in underserved or minority communities.

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Resources, trainings and webinars

Listen to LISC's latest podcast with Councilman Robert Treviño of the city of San Antonio as we explore housing stabilization and energy efficiency. 

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This webinar, “Introduction to Multi-Family Passive House”, by the MassCEC (Massachusetts Clean Energy Center), provides a high level overview with some good lessons learned and New England multifamily examples.

 

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National Green Infrastructure Certification Program has a training calendar for offerings in your local area. 

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Check out U.S. Green Building Council's on-demand webinars on passive house and much more. 

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