Mayor Taveras Tours Neighborhood Innovation Pilot Home in Providence
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Mayor Taveras Tours Neighborhood Innovation Pilot Home in Providence

Monday, June 10, 2013

Home is one of 135 housing units that received weatherization, healthy and safety upgrades through Green and Healthy Homes Initiative.

Mayor Angel Taveras toured a Neighborhood Innovation Pilot on Canton Street in the city's Valley neighborhood this afternoon. The home is one of the 135 housing units that received weatherization, health and safety upgrades through Providence's Green and Healthy Homes Initiative.

Providence's pilot to deliver the innovation Green and Healthy Homes Initiative housing rehabilitation program is aimed at reducing the city's green house gas emissions, reducing energy and health expenses for the city's lowest income residents, improving the quality of the local contractor workforce and helping residents adopt healthier and more energy-efficient habits.

Under the Pilot, minority contractors received training and performed the work to help Providence residents lower their energy bills and remediate lead, mold and other health risks and safety hazards.

"The Providence Neighborhood Innovation Pilot shows that we can successfully help families save energy, save money and live healthier in their homes, while providing important training opportunities and putting our citizens back to work," said Mayor Angel Taveras.

Mayor Taveras greeted over 70 Green and Healthy Homes Initiative Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) attendees before touring the home. The ELI Conference is the national convening for GHHI site leaders. It brings together local practitioners, content experts, federal partners and philanthropic supporters to help GHHI site leaders increase the capacity, reach and effectiveness of their GHHI sites. The City of Providence was asked to host the three-day conference following the success of its Neighborhood Innovation Pilot.

"Mayor Taveras has been an outstanding partner in our work to expand the depth and quality of the city's housing intervention work. The completion of the pilot program is only the beginning for Providence. GHHI looks forward to expanding the program to other parts of the city and throughout the state," said Ruth Ann Norton, GHHI Executive Director.

In April 2011, Mayor Taveras became the first mayor in the country to sign the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative Compact. The Compact is an agreement between the City of Providence, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, the Rhode Island Department of Health, the Rhode Island Foundation, and the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning to make the city's housing stock more energy efficient, safer and healthier for low and moderate income Providence families.

The city's Green and Healthy Homes Initiative served nearly 400 Providence residents, including approximately 150 children and youth. Five GHHI Resident Educators were trained and hired to provide 675 hours of resident education and support on health, safety and energy efficiency.

While a full pilot program evaluation report is expected to be completed by February 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Audit projects a $99,589 annual energy cost savings total, or approximately $738 in annual savings per rehabilitated unit.

Three-quarters (75.4%) of the pilot units had insulation installed for the first time, nearly all (93%) percent received ventilation retrofits, and 44 percent had pest remediation services performed. In addition, 22 unvented CO hazard appliances were repaired.

Providence's Green and Healthy Homes Initiative is funded by the city's lead hazard control program, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, National Grid's Appliance Management Program, the Rhode Island Foundation, Open Society Foundations and the U.S. Department of Labor.

At the press conference, Mayor Taveras signed a proclamation declaring the week of June 10, 2013, "Green and Healthy Homes Week" in the City of Providence.

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