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HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Makes Baltimore His First Better Buildings Challenge Visit

HABC implements energy efficiency updates to help residents and the environment

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) Deputy Executive Director Anthony Scott were joined by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development Secretary Ray Skinner and residents on a tour of Cherry Hill Homes to highlight the energy efficiency updates being implemented as part of the Obama Administration's Better Buildings Challenge. As the President noted in his State of the Union, "Climate change is a fact." In his Climate Action Plan, he has directed the Administration to work with states, communities, businesses and others to reduce energy use.

"Being a partner in President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge is an incredible honor," said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. "Our commitment to reduce energy consumption will help create a better environment for our residents and will help protect our planet for future generations."

The Better Buildings Challenge was recently extended to include multifamily developments in which building owners commit to a 20 percent portfolio-wide energy reduction over the next decade. HABC was among the first partners to join the Better Buildings Challenge. Nationwide, there are 53 multifamily partners, which represent roughly 200 million square feet and over 240,000 households.

"Joining President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge is a win-win for all: our residents, our communities, and our environment," says Paul Graziano, HABC Executive Director. "The more we engage our residents and educate them on the importance of conserving both energy and water, the more we save on overall utility bills and can invest in our public housing."

HABC has already implemented several energy conservation initiatives including greening and sustainability practices at its various properties, ensuring the use of EnergyStar appliances and tools and most notably, undertaking a massive Energy Performance Contract initiative at five of its major sites. Through efforts to date, HABC has reduced its annual utility costs by $6 million.

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