Going Green

A lovely sunset brings out the aesthetic and environmentally-friendly beauty of our solar panels at New Harmony Mutual Housing Community in Davis. Photo by Sun Light and Power.

Mutual Housing’s team has spent the last sixteen years infusing green principles into every element of our work. In 2013 we were designated as a green organization by NeighborWorks America. This commitment to maximizing our positive impact on the environment has bridged the two vital parts of our mission, linking housing development with leadership development.

Green Construction and Renovation

Ever since our first solar roof project at Victory Townhomes Mutual Housing Community in 2002, our board and management have steadily increased their commitment to green construction and renovation. Thanks to the diligence and skill of our housing development staff, we are now on the very cutting edge of green affordable housing work.

Thanks to the high level of green work within Mutual Housing at the Highlands, Mutual Housing California was recognized as a GreenPoint Rated member of Build it Green. We are also a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, the creator of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Green Building Rating System™.

Mutual Housing provides free capacity building training in green building for staff and board members, and utilizes LEED™-certified consultants to advise our housing development teams on green construction methods, building components, and design.

We build all of our new housing to exceed by at least 15% the standards set forth in California’s Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Buildings.

Most recently, Mutual Housing at Spring Lake became the first certified zero net energy rental development in the nation. Primarily through the use of photovoltaics, the property is designed to generate at least as much energy as it consumes. This is an extremely cutting-edge accomplishment for the affordable housing field, and for the construction industry in general.

Click here to read more about the history of our innovative green construction and renovation efforts, as well as our future plans.

 

Car and Bike Sharing

Mutual Housing has partnered with Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District to provide electric car sharing service (at a discounted rate) to resident members in our Mutual Housing at Lemon Hill community and the surrounding neighborhood. Mutual Housing also has bicycle sharing programs within New Harmony Mutual Housing Community in Davis and Mutual Housing at Spring Lake in woodland. Click here to learn more about how they operate.

Building Green Leaders

In 2011 Mutual Housing began its Green Leaders Program to educate residents about the full range of green elements included in our construction and rehab projects to benefit their communities. The program also recruits and trains groups of leaders at our mutual housing California communities to plan and execute various types of green education projects.

Mutual Housing California resident members learning about City of Davis organics collection program

Mutual Housing resident members learning how they can lead the way for the City of Davis organics collection program at Moore Village Mutual Housing Community.

Click here for more details about the pilot phase Green Leaders Program, as well as our plans for expansion this year.

 

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