Green Initiative

Eden Housing was one of the first non-profit owners in the country to look comprehensively at its existing portfolio of properties from an energy-efficiency perspective.Since adopting our Green Initiative in 2010, we have made energy-saving retrofits at more than 50 properties, and have educated our staff and residents about green practices.Having garnered both regional and national recognition for these efforts, many other developers are now adopting our model. To date, we have exceeded our energy conservation goals, saving 37 percent portfolio-wide. 


A Pioneer in Adopting Green Technologies

Eden Housing pioneered the adoption of green technologies and features more than 40 years ago. In the 1970s we installed solar hot water systems at Josephine Lum Lodge and Eden Lodge. In the early 1980s, Eden was one of the first affordable housing developers to install double-pane windows—reducing residents’ utility costs and improving their comfort.


Building Green

Today, Eden builds all new properties with green features to reduce energy and water costs and improve the quality of life for our residents. The newly built Estabrook and Cottonwood communities were awarded Green Point Ratings of 184 and 200+ points, respectively. Cottonwood’s rating is the equivalent of LEED Platinum, the highest certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  

Green Resident Engagement and Training

An important component of our Green Initiative is the ongoing education of our staff and residents about energy conservation.We formed a Green Steering Committee that leverages expertise from all areas of the company, and launched My Green Resident Meeting Toolkit in partnership with Enterprise Green Communities®to provide training in recycling, water conservation, energy conservation and healthy living. We also created a computer-accessible “dashboard” that shows our conservation progress in real-time data.


Portfolio Renovations

The US Green Building Council reports that existing buildings account for 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, so retrofitting our portfolio makes a substantial contribution to saving the planet.We are always looking for potential energy and water savings opportunities--and the funding to implement and continue this effort.In 2013 our emphasis is on water-saving retrofits, through our new program, “Eden Does It!” Our maintenance crews will be implementing many water conservation measures, such as installing low-flow toilets and energy efficient lighting. 


California Sustainability Alliance

2010 Showcase Awards


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