Thanks to Sustainable DC, the District aspires to be the healthiest, greenest, most livable city in the United States by 2032. To help achieve this outcome and reduce the city’s overall greenhouse gas emissions by 50% and water usage by 40%, DOEE partnered in the launch of two initiatives: POWER DOWN DC and the Healthy & Sustainable Communities Resident Engagement Program.
Engaging with building staff and residents to change behavior around energy and water use can be difficult. To encourage building education and promote stronger relationships between residents and building staff, DOEE sponsored POWER DOWN DC—a building-to-building education series and utility reduction competition. Implemented by Steven Winter Associates (SWA), apartment buildings competed against other buildings to reduce their energy and water use and make the greatest reduction overall.
Even though the POWER DOWN DC pilot competition is over, these resources can be used by apartment building owners and managers to provide education and an activity framework for residents to prepare, design, engage, and maintain energy and water goals.
DC HEALTHY & SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE
Supported by HUD’s Better Building Challenge for Multifamily Partners in partnership with Enterprise Green Communities and Group 14, the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) and DOEE launched the DCHA Healthy & Sustainable Communities Initiative to educate and engage residents through a series of workshops and participation in POWER DOWN DC. After a successful pilot year in 2016, the efforts continue to help DCHA reduce its portfolio-wide energy consumption 20% by 2021.
While the pilot competition period may be over, DOEE and DCHA offer these valuable tools for other apartment buildings in the District to promote healthy living among residents and encourage utility conservation through behavior change.
DCHA Energy Competition Toolkit– This toolkit provides resources, guidelines, and best practices to assist site leaders in developing and delivering a successful energy efficiency program.
Workshops– Based on curriculum developed through DCHA Resident Council Leadership and Better Buildings Challenge for Multifamily Partners Technical Assistance, these workshops are an opportunity for your building to host and learn. Featured in Microsoft Powerpoint, you can edit, redesign, and customize.
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