CA08 - Equitable Development Session 2: Resident Engagement in Multifamily Properties - Case Studies of Two Programs in Action

Tuesday, November 13 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM | 183C « Back

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As the green building movement and energy codes move towards performance-based metrics, engaging building occupants and operators in energy efficiency and sustainability objectives is increasingly necessary. At the same time, human behavior is difficult to influence, and financial incentives are often limited in their potency or relevancy. Adding to the complexity, most green building practitioners are not trained in social psychology or behavioral economics. This session will showcase two Chicago-based green resident engagement initiatives in market-rate and affordable multifamily properties. The relevant behavioral science research and frameworks that can inform the development of sustainability engagement programs will be presented as two case studies. The session will address how local USGBC communities can help drive community action and engagement in all types of buildings and neighborhoods to address social equity and environmental justice issues. To augment the discussion, pre-recorded video content will show engagement strategies in action at multifamily buildings; convey the experience of residents, volunteers, and staff in using engagement techniques; and provide advice from behavioral scientists in crafting green engagement programs. Note: This session is part of the Equitable Development track within CAHS. You are encouraged to select the other sessions within this track, though it is not required.

Learning Objectives:

List three frameworks and resources from behavioral science researchers that can be used to inform the development of environmentally-focused resident engagement programs

Explain strategies and outcomes from recent resident engagement efforts focused on energy efficiency and green building in both affordable and market rate multifamily buildings

Articulate how non-financial incentives can be used to motivate more sustainable behavior in multifamily properties

Understand models for using partnerships between USGBC communities and affordable housing operators to create community-based engagement initiatives designed to promote a more sustainable lifestyle for residents

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Event Type: Communities & Affordable Homes Summit > Session