Community Development Innovation Review

March 2014

Mixing Asset Building with Energy Efficiency: A Recipe for Financial and Environmental Sustainability


The growing connection between energy efficiency and savings is just one of many integrated approaches that are defining the future of social policy. This issue of Community Development Investment Review speaks directly to a new partnership between energy efficiency and asset-building that is producing concrete opportunities to increase our stock of affordable housing, build the financial resilience of low-income families, and promote environmental sustainability. It is particularly promising because unlike many other new approaches, we have the technical tools and programmatic knowledge to execute this approach successfully, a policy environment that is becoming more friendly, and growing interest from the private sector to help bring this strategy to scale. At the same time, the promise and potential of these two strategies are undervalued in the marketplace of social change, which makes the opportunities for impact even greater.

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Other articles in this issue

The Future of the Clean (Green) Economy

Cleaner Energy and Health: Household, Local and Global Benefits

Financing Energy Efficiency Retrofits of Affordable Multifamily Buildings

Manufactured Homes Help Both Save the Planet and Save Money for Low-Income Owners

Utilities and Community Developers Partner to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Affordable Rental Housing Nationwide

Integrating Energy Efficiency into Mortgage Financing: Promising Efforts in the New York City Multifamily Building Sector

Home Energy Efficiency and Mortgage Risks: An Extended Abstract

Charter Schools Ripe for Green Investments

Financing Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Multifamily Rental Housing: A Progress Update from the Low Income Investment Fund

Neighborhood Health: A New Framework for Investing in Sustainable Communities

Bringing Down Green Financing Costs: How a State-sponsored Bank Might be the Key

Understanding the True Benefits of both Energy Efficiency and Job Creation

Can Cities Lead the Way in Innovative Energy Retrofits for Single-Family Homes?

Lenders’ Property Standards and Energy Efficiency: The Vital Link for Affordable Housing

Energy to Heal: Health Care, Climate Change, and Community Resilience