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Sustainability

A designated NeighborWorks® Green Organization, the Windham and Windsor Housing Trust has made a commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability throughout all facets of our organization. This means that we:

Design projects maximizing the use of renewable energy sources—including photovoltaics, solar hot water, advanced wood heat systems, and solar gain—in order to reduce cost as well as carbon footprint.

Plan rehabilitation projects to minimize our properties’ energy and water use, with an emphasis on: building envelope, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems, domestic hot water systems, lighting systems, appliances, water saving devices, and renewable energy systems if applicable.

Maintain smoke-free apartments. The Housing Trust successfully converted 100% of our properties to smoke-free apartments through a comprehensive resident education program between 2014 and 2015. Smoke-free living means cleaner air for our residents, reduced risk of a smoke-related fire at our buildings, and lower maintenance costs for our organization.

Make a conscious effort to use recyclable and compostable materials in our office and at WWHT events. Our last annual meeting meal, hosting approximately 130 residents, staff, and supporters, generated just one trash bag. All the remaining waste, including plates, cutlery, and cups, was compostable!

Provide education, to our staff, tenants and HomeOwnership Center customers on sustainable principles.

Identify and participate in training opportunities that will build our capacity to specify appropriate products and methods which will improve the health of indoor environments, increase our energy efficiency, and will conserve water.

Are creating a new loan program that Shared Equity Homeowners can utilize to fund projects to increase energy efficiency and incorporate renewable energy production in their homes.

 

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