Tenant Conservation Education in Action

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

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.

One example of a PTAC unit

At this site, units (small living quarters, also known as Single Room Occupancies) are equipped with packaged terminal air conditioners, more commonly known as PTACs. PTACs provide both heating and cooling to each unit, so they’re used pretty much all year round. Clients are often out of their rooms for several hours in the middle of the day, which means a lot of waste if the PTACs are left on – or a lot of savings if they are turned off!

Therefore, one of the main actions that the clients have been learning about is turning off the PTAC units when they are leaving the unit. At a recent Living Green session clients discussed the importance of turning of the PTAC units and made prompts – magnet sheets decorated with conservation messages, stickers, paint designs and more. Then we affixed the sheets to magnetic PTAC units in the clients’ rooms and in the common areas. Check out the PTAC magnets made by the building’s clients and staff!

One client made a magnet to remind her case manager to turn off the computer.

Another client kept his message simple.


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