New Book on Sustainable Affordable Housing Management by NYC Foodscape’s Carolyn Zezima Available Today

2016_SAHM_Cover_Final-2JUST released this week, Carolyn Zezima’s new book on sustainability and affordable housing, called, Sustainable Affordable Housing Management: A Money-Saving Guide to Keeping Your Site Green, Healthy & Energy Efficient, published by Vendome Group, LLC. The book features chapters on sustainability planning, energy efficiency, green maintenance, food access and community gardens, and local, state and federal funding opportunities and encourages existing housing providers to take steps to make their communities healthier and safer for the residents that live there.

HUD takes environmental sustainability at affordable housing sites seriously by requiring and rewarding many energy-efficiency and other conservation practices at assisted sites. And every section of this guide gives you links to resources that offer financial incentives, expertise, and free tools you can adapt and use to meet the sustainability goals at your site.

Author Carolyn Zezima has spoken to affordable housing and sustainability experts across the country, and has found that many sites report that when they adopt sustainability practices, they can trim operational costs, reduce environmental and health risks, and improve comfort for residents.

Overview of Book Contents
Affordable housing is more than just a place to live. Providing high quality affordable housing gives households the opportunity to succeed and to stay healthy in their homes. Creating a sustainability plan for “green” operations and healthy site practices can help make this happen. By setting goals for reducing overall energy costs, both for the site and for residents, and taking steps to improving the site’s quality of life by improving its air and other health impacts, creating plans for sustainability is an essential part of a site’s “triple bottom line.”

With help from these experts, this guide will help you find ways to:

  1. Increase the value and quality of your site
  2. Reduce operating costs
  3. Conserve energy and environmental resources
  4. Improve resident and employee well-being by:
    • Reducing their exposure to toxic paints, pesticides, cleaning products, and other chemicals
    • Improving their access to healthy food
    • Creating a community garden
    • Implementing a no-smoking policy

Sustainability plans don’t just help the site save money. A well-implemented sustainability plan also helps low-income residents succeed by helping them save money and become healthier, through sustainable site practices like community gardens that increase their access to healthy food, and green cleaning policies and training that reduce their exposure to chemicals in their units and the site’s common areas.

To buy the book, click here.


Table of Contents

Section 1: Charting the Course: Planning for Environmental Sustainability at Affordable Housing

1.1: Drafting Effective and Measurable Environmental Sustainability Plans
1.2: Charting Progress with Data Collection, Benchmarking & Energy Audits

Section 2: Powering Down for Savings: Conserving Water & Energy

2.1: Reducing Water Usage
2.2: Reducing Energy Consumption

Section 3: Operation Green: Maintaining a Green & Healthy Site Inside & Out

3.1: Improving Indoor Air Quality
3.2: Creating a Green Cleaning Program
3.3: Using Safe Painting Procedures
3.4: Implementing Integrated Pest Management
3.5: Using Green Landscaping Practices
3.6: Establishing a Waste Reduction & Recycling Program
3.7: Creating a Food Waste Collection & Composting Program

Section 4: More than a Place to Live: Good Food & Healthy Living for Residents & Staff

4.1: Improving Healthy Food Access
4.2: Creating a Successful Community Garden for Residents
4.3: Incorporating Resident Education & Engagement Strategies
4.4: Going Smoke-Free

Section 5: Green for Green: Paying for Major Energy-Saving Improvements & Retrofits

5.1: Taking Advantage of HUD Energy-Efficiency Incentives
5.2: Exploring 12 Categories of Financing for Renewable Energy & Efficiency Improvements

You can buy the book here and sign up for a FREE LIVE EVENT: Green Roofs—How to Add This Value-Enhancing Amenity in Multifamily Housing

April 21, 2016 | 1pm EDT | Webinar Duration: 1 Hour, Including 15 Minutes for Q&A

This one-hour live webinar will discuss how multifamily property owners, managers, and developers can install “green roofs” to help improve water run-off, air quality, and residents’ well-being; enhance the overall value of their properties; and comply with new and ever-stricter “green” requirements that cities across the country are mandating. While local governments and utilities often offer generous incentives for installing green roofs, some cities are now requiring building owners to meet green roofing standards—or be fined.

Presented by sustainability and affordable housing expert Carolyn Zezima and Green Roofs expert Mike Curry, this one-hour webinar will cover:

  • What exactly a “green roof” is — various types and degrees
  • The pros & cons of installing a green roof
  • The legislative push to require green roofs in multifamily/affordable housing
  • The costs — and incentives that can help make a green roof more affordable

About the Author
Carolyn E. Zezima, Esq. is the president of NYC Foodscape, a food systems and urbankac_photo-160324-vendome-caroline-2-1500 agriculture consulting business, and author of Sustainable Affordable Housing Management: A Money-Saving Guide to Keeping Your Site Green, Healthy & Energy Efficient published by Vendome Group, LLC. Zezima has worked with food and farming enterprises and food policy organizations in Chicago and New York to promote healthy sustainable food systems, urban agriculture, school gardening programs, and regional farming, including founding The Talking Farm, “The Farm with Something to Say,” an urban farming and educational enterprise in Evanston, Ill.

While in Illinois, Zezima also served as director of Chicago’s Green City Market and on food policy councils that helped to create new community farmers markets and draft and pass legislation, such as the Illinois Food, Farm and Jobs Act. Zezima serves on numerous farming- and food-related committees and boards, including American Farmland Trust’s Farmland Advisors program, Harvest Home Farmers Markets, Partnership for a Healthier Manhattan, and NYC Food Forum. She has co-chaired policy committees for local food organizations and has co-drafted several food policy and sustainability proposals, including food policy recommendations to include in the revised PlaNYC2030, and the Recipe for the Future of Food in New York City.

Zezima also practiced law after graduating from Duke University School of Law, and is a licensed member of the New York, California, and Illinois bars. 

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