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CHP Recognized for History of Energy Efficiency Efforts

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In recognition of CHP’s efforts to promote green energy efficiency and/or design, the organization was presented last month with a Green Energy Efficiency Champion Award by Fahe at its annual meeting in Kingsport, Tenn. CHP President and CEO Janaka Casper accepted the award on behalf of CHP, which has been a member organization of the Fahe network since 1981.

“CHP is honored to be recognized by Fahe for our commitment to the efficient use of the earth’s resources,” said Casper. We believe all of our actions should contribute to a better environment for future generations, which is why everything we do focuses on long-term applications and our impact on the planet,” remarked Casper.

CHP’s dedication to environmental sustainability goes back to the organization's beginnings in 1975 when it began providing basic weatherization services to very low-wealth households in Virginia's New River Valley. Since that time, CHP energy conservation efforts has grown to encompass multiple departments, all focused on energy efficiency, health and safety, and indoor air quality.

Beginning with the homes CHP designs and builds, CHP has made it standard practice to incorporate environmentally-friendly features, products, and practices that increase the homes’ performance, air quality, and sustainability. Typical “green” elements include energy-efficient mechanical systems, appliances, and lighting; water-efficient bathroom fixtures; ENERGY STAR windows and water heaters; low-VOC paints and finishes; and native landscaping.

CHP addresses energy efficiency through the responsible management of its 5,000 multi-family rental units. In a collaborative effort to address the needs of its own property management department as well as those of other property managers across the country, CHP created an online educational course with Community Housing Works and the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership that focuses on environmentally-responsible property management education and training. CHP has since become a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Affordable Preservation (OAHP)-recognized Green Property Management Trainer. With this certification, CHP is able to train course participants in best green maintenance protocols and practices as outlined in the unique distance-learning curriculum created by CHP and its partners.

Each year, CHP Energy Solutions also provides expert building performance training to almost 2,000 industry professionals from across the globe and performs weatherization upgrades for over 1,000 low-income households in Virginia.

To reinforce CHP’s energy conservation efforts at its rental communities, CHP Energy Solutions and Resident Services departments launched last year the CHP SMART Homes program, a comprehensive green tenant education program and utility data benchmarking system developed, delivered, and evaluated by CHP that uses a variety of approaches to help residents reduce energy use and create healthier living environments.

Each year, CHP Energy Solutions also provides expert building performance training to almost 2,000 industry professionals from across the globe and performs weatherization upgrades for over 1,000 low-income households in Virginia.

“The principle of sustainability has always been at the core of our work, which is to create lasting affordable housing solutions. In doing so, residents gain greater financial stability, communities grow stronger, and the planet is preserved for future generations,” explained Casper.

About Fahe
Fahe is a 501(c) non-profit that serves Appalachia through affordable housing, community development, and job creation. It is a network organization with members and partners operating throughout the Appalachian region. Fahe’s mission is to create life-changing opportunity by providing a platform for peer exchange, training, technical assistance, and access to capital and finance opportunities. Its network serves tens of thousands each year through this collaboration, bringing hope to Appalachia, at scale.