Benefits of Building Green at High Point

Clients: Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), Enterprise Community Partners and Neighborhood House

Studied the “green” features of High Point public housing community from three angles: (1) costs and benefits of the sustainability features; (2) the impact on residents’ attitudes and behaviors regarding conservation; and (3) the impact of public policies on both housing authorities and residents to conserve. Conducted cost-benefit analyses, focus groups in four languages, a telephone survey, and policy analysis. (2007 – 2009)

Results: Study proposed a new paradigm to get the most out of sustainability features in public housing. Neighborhood House followed up with community organizing to increase residents’ participation in conservation. The study was cited by Enterprise Community Partners as contributing to their decision to make a $4 billion investment in green building nationwide. View link.