Maricopa County Human Services Department, Community Services Division

Photo by Laura Segall

Avondale, Arizona in Maricopa County just west of Phoenix, is one of the major growth areas of the Valley of the Sun. This weatherization project targeted 46 multi-family, low-income housing units in Norton Circle, a housing authority complex in the City of Avondale, to reduce energy costs and provide comfort and safety for residents. The project entailed an innovative collaboration among 7 organizations, spearheaded by the County’s housing authority. Usually, homes in Maricopa County are weatherized as single-family dwellings, one at a time. This project weatherized 46 units at one time, thereby creating unique program efficiency. Labor costs, material costs and administrative costs were reduced by over 50% as a result.

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Pine Street Neighborhood Revitalization, Commission on Economic Opportunity


Founded as coal-mining center, Hazleton, Pennsylvania, was just the third city in the US to establish a city-wide electricity grid in 1891–the same year the city was incorporated as a municipality. The Pine Street neighborhood is light-industrial area of two

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The St. Johns Housing Partnership An Experiment in Affordable Housing

Photo by Tony Brown

In 2003, the St. Johns Housing Partnership (SJHP) launched their first community development project. Called Hancock Place, it is a full neighborhood of thirty-six affordable, Energy Star–certified, water-conserving homes for low-income families. It was SJHP’s first foray into new construction.

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Community Environmental Center: A Renewable Experiment


In March 2009, the Community Environmental Center (CEC) installed solar hot water systems in two multifamily buildings in Brooklyn, New York, as a component of the weatherization of these buildings. Although extremely popular in Europe, thermal solar panels are a

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Lopez Community Land Trust: Common Ground, A Net-Zero Neighborhood

Photo by Benjamin Drummond

Building an affordable neighborhood in and of itself is a challenge. Making it net-zero energy is even harder. But the Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) has proven that the results are more than worth the effort. LCLT built Common Ground,

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Madison Park: Development Corporation’s Twenty at Luma


In September of 2009, the Boston Housing Authority designated Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC) to develop affordable housing in a severely blighted area of Roxbury, Massachusetts. The result is Twenty at Luma, 20 townhouse-style duplexes built to the LEED silver

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South Central: Central Community Action Agency of Mississippi

Images Courtesy of Josh Wolfe

  “The worst problem was it was raining in [thehouse]. It was raining in all the different rooms,” said Eula Mae Ayers. “Now I don’t have to worry about it. And I can stay warm.” Ms. Ayers is just one

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Vintage Oaks


  In early December 2009, USA Properties began a significant renovation of the Vintage Oaks Senior Apartment Complex in Citrus Heights, California, to improve energy efficiency, affordability, and livability. As part of a Low Income Housing Tax Credit financing effort,

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Florida State University Institute for Energy Systems, Economics & Sustainability


  Completed in the summer of 2009, the Off-Grid Zero Emissions Building (OGZEB) sets a new standard for sustainable living. Built by Florida State’s Institute for Energy Systems, Economics & Sustainability, the building marries energy efficient technologies with cutting-edge energy

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Press Release

Contact: Josh Wolfe Publisher, State & Local Energy Report Office: 718.596.6113 Email:   Energy Innovators Honored in Fifth Annual Residential Energy 
Efficiency Awards State & Local Energy Report today announced the winners of its fifth annual Residential Energy Efficiency

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