Multifamily Housing: Sustainability and Green Jobs
Efforts to make multifamily housing more sustainable and energy efficient have a greater chance of success when the residents and the surrounding community are fully engaged. Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) around the country are taking unique, long-term approaches to sustainability by participating in SEED, which stands for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Energy, and Economic Development. This cross-agency pilot trains public housing residents for current and future STEM and technical jobs by increasing energy literacy, providing learning opportunities, and connecting residents to training opportunities for careers in the space. This compilation of Implementation Models demonstrates various approaches that Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily partners have taken to increase energy efficiency and resident opportunity through the SEED initiative.
TOOLSTampa Housing Authority (THA) has invested in energy efficiency technologies as part of its energy reduction strategy, but the agency identified a need to incorporate resident education and training to reach its energy reduction goals.To further support its BBC commitment, the Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) joined the SEED pilot program in 2014. SEED, which stands for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Energy, and Economic Development, is a cross-agency effort to prepare public housing residents for current and future technical jobs by increasing energy literacy, providing learning opportunities, and connecting residents to training opportunities to better pursue careers in the space.Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) is leveraging new and existing partnerships to increase energy literacy and STEM education of its residents, and to develop a pipeline of green jobs.