5 episodes

Climate change and housing affordability are two of the most pressing issues in cities today. The Green in Action podcast asks, what are practitioners doing to address these urgent concerns? Join host Kimberly Vermeer, President of Urban Habitat Initiatives, for stories about green leadership in affordable housing. Green in Action dives deep into the successes, innovations, and challenges of green leaders developing sustainable and equitable communities. Learn more about the pod at www.urbanhabitatinitiatives.com/podcast-home/ and follow us on Twitter @UHIPodcast.

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Climate change and housing affordability are two of the most pressing issues in cities today. The Green in Action podcast asks, what are practitioners doing to address these urgent concerns? Join host Kimberly Vermeer, President of Urban Habitat Initiatives, for stories about green leadership in affordable housing. Green in Action dives deep into the successes, innovations, and challenges of green leaders developing sustainable and equitable communities. Learn more about the pod at www.urbanhabitatinitiatives.com/podcast-home/ and follow us on Twitter @UHIPodcast.

    Getting into Integrated Design

    Getting into Integrated Design

    If you ask most green housing practitioners, they’ll tell you that the integrated design process is crucial if you want a successful outcome of truly sustainable communities. But what is the integrated design process, and how do you make it work in practice? In this episode of Green in Action, host Kimberly Vermeer speaks with five green leaders about how they apply the integrated design process in their work. Guests include: Tara Barauskas, Executive Director of the Community Corporation of Santa Monica; Ray Demers, Senior Director of Design Leadership Initiatives at Enterprise Green Communities; Krista Eggers, Vice President of National Initiatives at Enterprise Green Communities, Anne Torney, Partner at Mithun; and Walker Wells, Principal at Raimi + Associates and Kim’s co-author of Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition.



    Topics Discussed:



    The Integrated Design ProcessIntegrated Design vs. Standard Design – what’s the difference?Using sustainable design to transform communitiesTackling complex green building problemsTransdisciplinary, mission-oriented collaborationThe importance of making early design decisions with many stakeholdersThe charrette



    Resources:



    Artspace – Northside Lofts



    Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition



    Community Corporation of San Diego



    Enterprise Green Communities



    Enterprise 2020 Green Communities Criteria



    FitWel Certification



    Home Energy Rating System



    Mithun



    Minisode Deep Dive: Integrated Design in Enterprise Green Communities



    Raimi + Associates



    Swords to Plowshares

    • 25 min
    Minisode Deep Dive: Integrated Design in Enterprise Green Communities

    Minisode Deep Dive: Integrated Design in Enterprise Green Communities

    In this Green in Action Minisode, host Kimberly Vermeer takes a deep dive into how Enterprise Green Communities’ new tool, the 2020 Green Communities Criteria, empowers practitioners to design more sustainable buildings and communities. In the episode, Enterprise Green Communities staff Ray Demers, Senior Director of Design Leadership Initiatives, and Krista Eggers, Vice President of National Initiatives discuss how the Integrated Design category of the 2020 Criteria help deeply root a project within a community. Learn about how new tools like the Project Priorities Survey brings health, climate, and cultural resilience to the forefront of affordable housing design.



    Topics Discussed:



    Enterprise Green Communities 2020 CriteriaThe Project Priority SurveyIntegrating health and resilience in green designIdentifying collective priorities



    Resources:



    Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition



    Enterprise Green Communities



    Enterprise 2020 Green Communities Criteria



    Design Matters Toolkit



    Getting into Integrated Design

    • 11 min
    Net Zero Heroes

    Net Zero Heroes

    How do you transform from building your first green project, to becoming a green organization? In the second episode of the Green in Action podcast, host Kimberly Vermeer shares RUPCO’s journey toward becoming a leading sustainable affordable housing developer in New York’s Hudson Valley. Guests Guy Kempe, Vice President of Community Development, and Chuck Snyder, Assistant Vice President for Real Estate and Construction, recount RUPCO’s organizational growth through stories of their increasingly ambitious green developments. This episode explores how RUPCO is building sustainably in a rural context, meeting the challenges of creating green communities, providing housing and cultural spaces for artists, building net zero energy homes, and more.



    Featuring Karl Berger’s Musica Poetica live at the Lace Mill. Support their Patreon.



    Topics Discussed:



    Net Zero EnergyHistorical PreservationCommunity DevelopmentOrganizational transformation



    Resources:



    Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition



    Dr Marsupial: Karl Berger’s Musica Poetica – Lines and Spaces, live at the Lace Mill, Kingston NY



    Central Hudson: Gregg Swanzey YouTube Clip



    LEED for Neighborhood Development



    New York State Energy Research & Development Authority



    Performer Micheal Bisio



    RUPCO: Energy Square Tour



    RUPCO



    The Music Mind Experience: Support Karl Berger & Ingrid Sertso’s Patreon

    • 23 min
    Net Zero: Making it Real for Residents

    Net Zero: Making it Real for Residents

    How do you make green features work for affordable housing residents? What do you do if they’re not working? Developer Mutual Housing California learned from experience about the importance of resident engagement at their ambitious net zero energy development, Mutual Housing at Spring Lake, in Woodland, California. In the first episode of the Green in Action podcast, host Kimberly Vermeer spoke with Bryan Dove, Director of Asset Management at Mutual Housing California, and Spring Lake residents and youth leaders Gerardo Brambila and Manuel Maravilla about how owner and residents learned together to make net zero real for residents.



    Topics Discussed:



    Net Zero energy for a rental developmentThe importance of resident engagement in operating a functioning green buildingHow resident leadership help communities thriveValue of sustainability



    Resources:



    Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition



    Mutual Housing California



    Mutual Housing at Spring Lake

    • 22 min
    Trailer: Welcome to the Green in Action Podcast

    Trailer: Welcome to the Green in Action Podcast

    Welcome to the Green in Action podcast! In each episode, host Kimberly Vermeer, President of Urban Habitat Initiatives, shares stories of green leadership in affordable housing. Listen for a preview of some of the voices telling the stories of green achievements on the pod: Guy Kempe, Jane Carbone, Tara Barauskas, Ray Demers, Gerardo Brambilla, Bryan Dove, Michelle Apigian, Anne Torney, and Walker Wells.
    Topics discussed:

    Climate resilience
    The meaning of sustainability
    The importance of developing equitable communities and healthy buildings

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

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Excellent!

This podcast is entertaining, informative, and engaging even for the layperson like me. Keep up the good work in sharing stories of green!

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