Tools to Engage Residents in Green & Healthy Living
Educate and engage the people that live in your buildings. Their actions can help create a community that supports healthy living, lowers utility and maintenance costs, and maximizes the environmental benefits of green affordable housing.
Watch this short presentation explaining Enterprise's commitment to green affordable housing and resident led engagement strategies. And read the Resident Engagement Strategies document before adopting one of the tools on this page. It outlines best practices in resident engagement strategies including: goal setting, getting started, and things to consider.
See how residents, young and old, have used these tools in their communities:
Examples of how 6 affordable housing organizations have implemented and customized the Resident Engagement Training in a Box.
In Cleveland, Famicos Foundation worked with students to implement projects focused on the reuse of vacant land. This Case Study illustrates the commitment to community and local youth involvement in sustainability initiatives.
In Virginia, Community Housing Partners created a series of videos for their SMART homes green tenant education program.
In Oregon, MPower has developed a resident engagement platform for their stakeholders’ use.
Resident Engagement Manual
Manuals provide the backbone of a property’s resident engagement program. This suite of materials align with the key principles of the 2015 Criteria and allows owners to translate information about the design and construction of their building into a format that engages residents on how to best maintain their dwelling unit and the building at large.
- Green Resident Engagement Manual Template
- Guidelines on how to tailor the manual to meet your needs
- Sample Orientation Agenda
- Supplement Signage, Icons, and Images
Resident Engagement Training in a Box
Designed for property owners, resident services staff members and property managers, these tools help you work with residents to increase their knowledge about and practice of green and healthy living. The Training in a Box offers four resident educational workshops, each including presentations, exercises and instructional videos to engage residents.
Download and review this information prior to planning your first workshop.
- Workshop summaries
- Workshop agendas
- Guidance on exercises
- PowerPoint Slides
- Exercise 1: How to Read a Utility Bill
- Exercise 2: WATT Do They Take?
- Video: How to Read A Utility Bill
- PowerPoint Slides
- Exercise 1: Reading Home Product Labels
- Exercise 2: Making Your Own Green Cleaner
- Exercise 3: Video: Asthma Breathing Through Straw; Breathing with Asthma Demonstration
- Exercise 4: Pest True of False
Waste Reduction and Recycling
These Resident Engagement Training in a Box materials have been translated into Spanish:
- Energy Conservation PowerPoint
- Healthy Living PowerPoint
- Waste Recycling PowerPoint
- Water Conservation PowerPoint
Resident Engagement Cards
Customizable Resident Engagement Card Templates are pre-populated PowerPoint slides with images and simple tips, including suggestions on how to customize the cards for different audiences and locations.
Resident Engagement Card Tip Sheet explains the purpose of the cards, customization suggestions and ideas for different formats for the cards (such as signage, presentations, etc.) and fun resident engagement activities.
Download an Image Library of more than 30 lively illustrations in JPEG format to bring actions to life in your customized cards.
Sample Customized Cards show you how LINC Housing used these templates to help residents at their Pepperwood Apartments remember key tips for living a green and healthy lifestyle.
This short Customization Tutorial video shows you how to customize the cards in PowerPoint.
Green Resident Engagement Sample Quiz, is an easy-to-modify document with sample questions that can be delivered to residents in a variety of fun ways to reinforce the learning.
This six-minute "Going Green" Resident Engagement Video highlights some of the easy-to-implement actions listed on the cards.
Translated Resident Engagement Cards
These cards have been translated into several languages, available for download:
Green Leader Toolkit
This toolkit was created to maximize the benefits of green building by identifying and empowering a resident or group of residents to engage their neighbors in a Green & Healthy Living program. This program is designed to be interactive and easygoing; encouraging the adaptation of the events and ideas in the toolkit to better serve your community.
Green Leader Resident Recruitment
The document explains how to identify a resident or group of residents willing to take on the role of Green Leader in your building to address: energy, water, recycling and healthy living.
Green Leader Toolkit
The "Green Leader Toolkit" provides guidance on how to educate neighbors on green living and proper care and maintenance of their living environments in order to fully benefit from the health, energy efficiency, water conservation and environmental measures included in their homes.