Sustainable Affordable Housing Management: Now in print and Ebook


JUST released last week, Carolyn Zezima’s new print version of her 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. It encourages housing providers to take steps to make their communities healthier and safer for the residents that live there.

Even if you don’t work in housing, anyone who wants advice on creating sustainability plans, measuring success, conserving water and energy, and creating procedures for green practices, such as integrated pest management, green landscaping, green painting and cleaning, composting, recycling, creating healthy food access and gardens, and ways to fund these improvements will find this book valuable.

About Sustainable Affordable Housing Management

2016_sahm_cover_final-2This comprehensive guide will help owners and managers of affordable housing sites create and implement sustainability plans for their sites. This guide explains how to:

  1. Save money by reducing energy and water consumption;
  2. Get residents to adopt “green” practices, such as recycling and composting;
  3. Get incentives for sustainability initiatives, including major energy-saving improvements and retrofits; and
  4. Improve the health of residents 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

This comprehensive sustainability guide recognizes that affordable housing is more than just a place to live. Providing high-quality affordable housing gives low-income 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. This guide will show you how to set goals for reducing overall energy costs, both for the site and for residents, and take steps to improve your residents’ quality of life by improving the site’s air and other health impacts.

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 health risks, and improve comfort for residents. With help from these experts, this guide will help you find ways to:

  • Increase the value and quality of your site
  • Reduce operating costs
  • Conserve energy and environmental resources
  • Improve resident and employee well-being

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.

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

To purchase the book, in print and Ebook, visit:

StuytownALSO OF INTEREST: Green Roofs—How to Add This Value-Enhancing Amenity in Multifamily Housing

Originally Recorded: April 21, 2016 | Webinar Duration: 1 Hour, Includes 15 Minutes of Q&A
This one-hour recorded webinar discusses 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, this one-hour webinar covers:

  • 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

To purchase the Webinar, visit

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