In a city that struggles with major contamination – from lead paint and asbestos to industrial waste – green development practices improve the health and sustainability of both the buildings and the community.
Better health translates into lower health-related expenses for our families. In addition, the energy-savings results of such practices greatly reduce ongoing housing costs for residents and commercial tenants, increasing long-term affordability. The cost to taxpayers for treating polluted water and disposing of solid waste will also be substantially reduced in comparison with conventionally-designed buildings.
To the extent that LCW housing can become a model for other local redevelopment projects, its impact can be magnified.
Two aspects of “Thinking Green” are: