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Low-Income Housing Can Be Energy Efficient Too

A Boston non-profit is retrofitting the city's affordable housing stock and cutting energy costs by about 20 percent. 

I’m in Boston today, meeting with the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, Talbot North Triangle Neighbors United, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and other stakeholders to discuss sustainability planning for a community on the south side of the city. It’s an exciting project, helping to bring environmental benefits to a low-income neighborhood. I look forward to writing more about it soon.

I’ll definitely be meeting some of the people in this video, which describes a closely related program to bring energy efficiency and lower utility bills to residents of affordable housing in Boston. In particular, the Boston LISC office has begun a green building retrofit initiative focusing on the city’s existing affordable housing stock and working with eleven neighborhood-based, nonprofit community development corporations. More than 2,000 apartments have been retrofitted so far, each saving an average of 19 percent in energy costs. The work is supported by the Barr Foundation.

Watch the people involved tell a great story:

This post originally appeared on the NRDC's Switchboard blog.

About the Author

  • Kaid Benfield
    Kaid Benfield is the director of the Sustainable Communities and Smart Growth program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, co-founder of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, and co-founder of Smart Growth America. More
    Kaid Benfield is the director of the Sustainable Communities and Smart Growth program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, co-founder of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, and co-founder of Smart Growth America. He is the author or co-author of Once There Were Greenfields (NRDC 1999), Solving Sprawl (Island Press 2001), Smart Growth In a Changing World (APA Planners Press 2007), and Green Community (APA Planners Press 2009). In 2009, Kaid was voted one of the "top urban thinkers" on Planetizen.com, and he was named one of "the most influential people in sustainable planning and development" in 2010 by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. He blogs at NRDC's Switchboard.