Envision solar panels in rooftops, smart toilets that save water and energy efficient lighting fixtures. Doesn’t sound like public housing, right? But this vision of tomorrow’s public housing is happening today. We’re all looking for ways to cut energy costs and consumption, which is exactly why next week HUD is hosting “Going Green: Intelligent Investments for Public Housing,” a conference on April 12 – 13 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers in Boston, Mass.
The two-day gathering will highlight how to make public housing more energy efficient and sustainable in its daily operations, including: cost-effective strategies to reduce energy and water consumption for housing operators and residents; discussions about sustainable construction; and building smarter with the latest energy efficient technology. Attendees will include public housing authorities, private energy sector groups, plus leaders in the green building movement.
Over the two days, attendees will hear from HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims, Massachusetts’s 9th District Congressman Stephen Lynch and landscape architect Tim Duggan from the Make It Right Foundation. This foundation was created by actor Brad Pitt to help rebuild homes in New Orleans’ lower Ninth Ward that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Participants can also see green building firsthand on a tour of Boston’s Maverick Landing, a HOPE VI development that incorporated green building practices during construction.