76th Annual  Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008
Miami

2008 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS

IMPORTANCE OF GREENING AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS

WHEREAS, nearly 17 percent of a low-income family's earnings are consumed by energy costs; and

WHEREAS, the greening of public and HOPE VI housing will not only lower utility costs for low-income families, but also create healthier, more vibrant home environments for families that live in HOPE VI and public housing developments; and

WHEREAS, buildings are responsible for almost 40 percent of U.S. energy consumption, with residential housing accounting for more than half of this total; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2005 the residential sector also accounted for 21 percent of U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, a major cause of global warming; and

WHEREAS, green building requirements for public housing will promote environmentally smart site planning near public transportation and other community resources, energy efficiency, water conservation and the use of environmentally beneficial building materials that foster healthier outdoor and indoor environments; and

WHEREAS, a number of cities have already incorporated green building criteria into their affordable housing programs; and

WHEREAS, the House of Representatives included green criteria in the HOPE VI reauthorization bill, H.R. 3524, that passed on abroad bipartisan basis with strong support from the U.S. Conference of Mayors; and

WHEREAS, that legislation, if enacted, would be the first federal housing program with green requirements,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors urges Congress to pass the HOPE VI reauthorization bill and continue to incorporate green criteria into affordable housing and community development programs and legislation on a cost-effective basis.