Two SAHF Members Recognized for Data Driven Approach to Energy and Water Reduction
SAHF and its members are committed to creating and preserving healthy, sustainable affordable homes for low-income communities. Members have committed to a Big Reach goal of reducing energy and water consumption across their portfolios 20% by 2020 and push the boundary of what is achievable through innovative financing, leveraging utility programs, benchmarking utility data, improved operations and maintenance, and numerous other partnership models and energy and water efficiency strategies. SAHF members’ leadership on sustainability was evident this month, with CommonBond Communities and Mercy Housing being recognized as leaders in affordable housing and energy efficiency.
CommonBond Communities was recently recognized for successfully benchmarking 12 out of 13 buildings in Saint Paul, Minnesota, as part of the 2018 Race to Reduce program by Mayor Melvin Carter. This pilot was the first Energize Saint Paul challenge, which encouraged building owners to benchmark their properties’ energy and water use to help the city achieve its goal of increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. SAHF members like CommonBond are committed to move toward a low-carbon future that benefits our low-income residents through their efficiency work.
Mercy Housing was recognized as a leader in energy efficiency by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Their Better Buildings Challenge Showcase Project, 205 Jones Street Apartments, is just one example of the extensive efficiency work being done by Mercy Housing and other members across their portfolio to reduce the energy burden and maintain affordability of the home for their low-income residents.
Congratulations to CommonBond Communities and Mercy Housing for their important work and on their well-deserved recognition.