Updates coming soon!

At the Supportive Housing Network’s Green Housing Initiative, we hope to keep our readers informed on all things green in the supportive and affordable housing world in New York. In the very near future, we will be back on track and will regularly post the latest events and resources that can make your housing portfolios greener!

October 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment

Upcoming event: Shifting our own behavior toward sustainability

How’s your commitment to green going?

Signing online petitions? Check.

Voting for candidates who support green policies? Check.

Shaking fist angrily at the nearby factory/coal plant/landfill? You know it.

But what about giving up your car? Going vegetarian? Boycotting packaged products? Having fewer children? A lot of well-meaning concern for the environment and human-kind’s sustainable future can get lost in the transition from the big picture to the small picture (you!)

This isn’t the end of the world; some research suggests that the energy saved through the implementation of environmental policies and regulations may far outweigh the savings from individual’s conscious actions (this question is debated here, especially in Jason Pontin’s piece). However, in the absence of political action, individuals stepping forward may be the best chance we’ve got. And anyway, in many cases living green is its own reward.

While we at the Green Housing Initiative have grown unconscionably neglectful of the green events page, we didn’t want you to miss this upcoming panel about changing our daily habits to promote sustainability. It will be held tomorrow night at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Read the full details here, and (re)commit yourself to environmental action on the individual level.

August 2, 2011 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

Tenant Conservation Education in Action

Over the last month the Green Initiative at the Supportive Housing Network of NY has been implementing the Living Green Pilot Program at three buildings owned by supportive housing providers. At one site, Sustainability Outreach Coordinator Sally Larsen has been working with clients to create prompts that will remind them of the conservation actions they’ve been learning about.

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July 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Upcoming events – June 28, 2011

The Green Housing Initiative of the Supportive Housing Network of New York strives to make the community aware of events that relate to its mission. These include workshops, panels, conferences, etc. that focus on the intersection of environmental sustainability and affordable and supportive housing. We may also list events that relate to one aspect of our mission, including those that focus on environmental communication, integrating supportive housing into the community and green building financing and policy.

See our list of upcoming events after the jump. (more…)

June 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm Leave a comment

A whole conference about conserving energy in buildings through behavior change? Wow!

Last month the Green Team at the Supportive Housing Network had a very special opportunity. We were invited to attend a three-day retreat at the Garrison Institute, the beautiful complex (a former monastary) that you see on the right. The retreat-cum-conference aimed to bring together thinkers and stakeholders around a key question: How can we reduce fossil fuel energy use in buildings by changing our behavior, in addition to our systems, our building envelopes and our energy sources?  (more…)

June 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

Upcoming events – June 6, 2011

The Green Housing Initiative of the Supportive Housing Network of New York strives to make the community aware of events that relate to its mission. These include workshops, panels, conferences, etc. that focus on the intersection of environmental sustainability and affordable and supportive housing. We may also list events that relate to one aspect of our mission, including those that focus on environmental communication, integrating supportive housing into the community and green building financing and policy.

See our list of upcoming events after the jump. (more…)

June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

Complying with LL84: Part Six – Resources

The Network has been looking into what it takes to comply with Local Law 84, a new NYC regulation requiring owners to benchmark their buildings that are over 50,000 square feet.  View our previous coverage of LL84 , or use the following list of resources to guide your benchmarking. We hope that our LL84 guide has been helpful to you, and we welcome your comments on how to improve it!

Resources

LL84

Covered buildings

Does LL84 apply to your building? Check the NYC Department of Finance website.

Finding your building’s block and lot number

You can find your building’s block and lot number on the NYC Dept. of Finance site

or by using NYC Dept of Buildings’ Building Information System (BIS).

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May 17, 2011 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

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