Congratulations are in order today, as HUD joins the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency in celebrating the second birthday of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Read more about the partnership here.
Speaking of sustainability, the City University of New York released this awesome map today. It shows, house by house, how much energy every rooftop in New York City could generate with solar power. It also shows how much solar would save in energy costs and reduced carbon emissions. Did you know Madison Square Garden could cut its electric bill by $127,961 with solar?
According to the CUNY study, two-thirds of the rooftops in the Big Apple could be used to generate solar energy, enough to provide half of the city’s power in peak periods.
And since so much of the city can be used for it, New Yorkers will be happy to know solar power may soon become the cheapest energy source around (including fossil fuels), and might already be the least expensive.
As part of the National Healthy Homes Conference in Denver this weekend, hundreds of volunteers will take part in a two-day “blitz rebuild” to upgrade a neighborhood with safer, healthier housing.
San Antonio will help provide support and housing to homeless veterans thanks to a HUD grant.
Recovery Act funding helped some low-income apartments go green.
Finally, ever wonder what public transit can do for a neighborhood? Check out these photos of Washington’s Columbia Heights neighborhood before and after development centered around a Metro station.