Green in Action

Climate change and housing affordability are two of the most pressing issues in cities today. The G ... more

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July 19, 2021 00:23:58
Net Zero Heroes

Net Zero Heroes

How do you transform from building your first green project, to becoming a green organization? In the second episode of the Green in Action podcast, host Kimberly Vermeer shares RUPCO’s journey toward becoming a leading sustainable affordable housing developer in New York’s Hudson Valley. Guests Guy Kempe, Vice President of Community Development, and Chuck Snyder, Assistant Vice President for Real Estate and Construction, recount RUPCO’s organizational growth through stories of their increasingly ambitious green developments. This episode explores how RUPCO is building sustainably in a rural context, meeting the challenges of creating green communities, providing housing and cultural spaces for artists, building net zero energy homes, and more. Featuring Karl Berger’s Musica Poetica live at the Lace Mill. Support their Patreon. Topics Discussed: Net Zero EnergyHistorical PreservationCommunity DevelopmentOrganizational transformation Resources: Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition Dr Marsupial: Karl Berger’s Musica Poetica – Lines and Spaces, live at the Lace Mill, Kingston NY Central Hudson: Gregg Swanzey YouTube Clip LEED for Neighborhood Development New York State Energy Research & Development Authority Performer Micheal Bisio RUPCO: Energy Square Tour RUPCO The Music Mind Experience: Support Karl Berger & Ingrid Sertso’s Patreon ...

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July 12, 2021 00:22:56
Net Zero: Making it Real for Residents

Net Zero: Making it Real for Residents

How do you make green features work for affordable housing residents? What do you do if they’re not working? Developer Mutual Housing California learned from experience about the importance of resident engagement at their ambitious net zero energy development, Mutual Housing at Spring Lake, in Woodland, California. In the first episode of the Green in Action podcast, host Kimberly Vermeer spoke with Bryan Dove, Director of Asset Management at Mutual Housing California, and Spring Lake residents and youth leaders Gerardo Brambila and Manuel Maravilla about how owner and residents learned together to make net zero real for residents. Topics Discussed: Net Zero energy for a rental developmentThe importance of resident engagement in operating a functioning green buildingHow resident leadership help communities thriveValue of sustainability Resources: Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition Mutual Housing California Mutual Housing at Spring Lake Net Zero: Making it ...

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July 12, 2021 00:02:38
Trailer: Welcome to the Green in Action Podcast

Trailer: Welcome to the Green in Action Podcast

Welcome to the Green in Action podcast! In each episode, host Kimberly Vermeer, President of Urban Habitat Initiatives, shares stories of green leadership in affordable housing. Listen for a preview of some of the voices telling the stories of green achievements on the pod: Guy Kempe, Jane Carbone, Tara Barauskas, Ray Demers, Gerardo Brambilla, Bryan Dove, Michelle Apigian, Anne Torney, and Walker Wells. Topics discussed: Climate resilience The meaning of sustainability The importance of developing equitable communities and healthy buildings Trailer Transcript KIM VERMEER: Climate change and housing affordability are challenges that seem overwhelming, and even more so when we try to address them together. And yet, there are people and organizations rising to that challenge every day. I’m Kim Vermeer, a green building practitioner and the host of Green in Action, a podcast where we’ll celebrate these stories of green leadership in affordable ...

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