Low Toxic Cleaning Products

While cleaning products help remove harmful contaminants such as mold, bacteria, and particulates, exposure to many conventional cleaning products can also create health problems, particularly for individuals who have preexisting health conditions such as asthma or allergies, or who have chemical sensitivities or a compromised immune system. Some cleaning products can cause headaches, dizziness, skin irritation, respiratory irritation, eye irrita- The number of nontoxic (or low-toxic) cleaning...

Park and Baird Boulevards Camden New Jersey

SENIOR HOUSING REHABILITATION AND INFILL NEW CONSTRUCTION NEW JERSEY GREEN HOMES PROGRAM Park Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey is one of the three main thoroughfares of the Parkside neighborhood (named for the three local parks, Red Hill, Forest Hill, and Farnham parks). One of the neighborhood landmarks is the historic Pearlye Building. Originally constructed in the late 1800s as an apartment building, the structure was dilapidated after having been abandoned for over fifteen years. In 1998 a...

Delridge Neighborhood Seattle Washington

HOPE VI PROJECT NATURAL STORMWATER MANAGEMENT LARGE-SCALE COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DESIGN REDEVELOPMENT Longfellow Creek is a 3-mile, year-round urban creek in West Seattle's Delridge neighborhood that once teemed with salmon. A comprehensive community effort is now under way to restore the creek as a vital fish habitat. Almost 10 percent of the stormwater that ends up in Longfellow Creek falls on the ground of High Point, originally a 716-unit affordable housing project built during World War...

Model Developments of Green Affordable Housing

The following section provides twelve case studies detailing green affordable housing projects that have made comprehensive and integrated attempts to thoroughly incorporate green building. These case studies were selected from a list of recent green affordable housing projects that we were personally aware of, plus others we discovered by combing through various resources, such as submissions to the American Institute of Architects' Show You're Green Award and the Home Depot Foundation's...

Northeast Corner of Sixth and Howard Streets San Francisco California

SUPPORTIVE HOUSING FOR FORMERLY HOMELESS HEALTHY INDOOR ENVIRONMENT SAN FRANCISCO REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY PILOT PROJECT ENTERPRISE GREEN COMMUNITIES PROJECT The Plaza Apartments exemplify how to create a humane, healthy, noninstitutional environment for extremely low-income residents. A colorful, urban high-rise building, this newly constructed project provides studio apartment housing and on-site supportive services for formerly homeless residents. Each of the building's 106 residential units...

Linden Street Somerville Massachusetts

BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT SMART GRADING EXEMPLARY ENERGY SAVINGS Located in the urban Union Square neighborhood of Somerville, a city next to Boston, the Linden Street Apartments stand on a former brownfield. The site was previously used as an industrial truck maintenance facility, had no trees, and was completely paved. To prepare the property for residential development, the Somerville Community Corporation hired ECS, Inc., to remediate the site. Hazardous soils were removed, and new topsoil...

Westbrook Street and Red Oak Drive South Portland Maine

HISTORIC RENOVATION WORKFORCE HOUSING MAINE GREEN HOUSING PROGRAM PILOT In 2000, the state of Maine started working with the city of South Portland on redevelopment of a site formerly occupied by the Maine Youth Center. The buildings had been abandoned for more than three years and were in a growing state of disrepair. The unique property, located on a hill with mature landscaping and a river wrapping around it, includes the former administration building, called the castle, five cottages that...

Valentine Way and Apache Knoll Tierra Contenta Subdivision Santa Fe New Mexico

Suby Bowden

WORKFORCE HOUSING OWNERSHIP PASSIVE SOLAR RAINWATER CATCHMENT arroyo A deep gully cut by an intermittent stream a dry gulch. A brook a creek. chico The common greasewood of the western United States Southwest city Santa Fe faces a harsh climate with huge daily temperature swings, not much shade, a lot of wind, rocky soil, and high runoff. Nevertheless, the beauty of the desert and the charm of this historic city have attracted many to it. As the city has grown over the years, the need for...

Border Street East Boston Massachusetts bounded by New Street Maverick Street and Sumner Street

HOPE VI PROJECT LARGE-SCALE REDEVELOPMENT RENEWABLE ENERGY From the rooftop of Maverick Landing, the Boston skyline appears postcard perfect. This new development is not immediately identifiable as affordable housing, nor does it jump out as green building. The transition from the neglected housing project that stood on the site before to Maverick Landing is dramatic. For over sixty years, several thousand people lived in the Maverick Gardens Housing Project. Owned and operated by the Boston...

Corner of Lakewood and Miller Reed Avenues Atlanta Georgia

SWEAT EQUITY HOUSING HOMEOWNER EDUCATION COST-EFFECTIVENESS EARTHCRAFT HOUSE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM Since Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976, it has built over 150,000 homes in the United States and more than eighty other countries. Relying principally on volunteers who donate their labor to construct the house, Habitat's sweat equity model provides housing for families who commit to contributing hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their homes and the homes of others. Homes...