Environmental sustainability is a central element of our work at Nuestra Comunidad. We emphasize sustainability in our real estate, community engagement, and resident services programs to not only reduce our environmental impact, but also to improve health, safety, financial stability, and quality of life for residents of our buildings and the community.
Championing Mixed-Use, Transit-Oriented Development
Nuestra concentrates on building homes close to shops, services, and public transit, reducing dependence on cars and creating walkable neighborhoods. Our flagship project, Bartlett Place, will create over 300 new homes and a variety of small businesses a short walk away from the Dudley Square transit hub.
Building & Maintaining Green and Healthy Homes
Our sustainable design and building strategies increase comfort and indoor air quality for residents, reduce our buildings’ water and energy consumption, and improve the health and beauty of the surrounding area. We use energy efficient lighting and heating systems, water efficient toilets, faucets, and washing machines, and advanced air sealing and insulation techniques to reduce residents’ ecological footprint (and utility bills!). We also incorporate a variety of features to ensure excellent indoor air quality and prevent respiratory disorders such as asthma, including advanced ventilation systems and low-VOC paints.
Nuestra’s real estate development team have received the nationally-recognized LEED-Accredited Professional designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. They are experienced in converting contaminated vacant lots into safe, welcoming homes and public spaces. Finding and removing toxins and harmful debris from the ground is an essential first step in our development process, including Brownfields redevelopment at Thomas I. Atkins Apartments, Ellen S. Jackson Apartments, and the ongoing Bartlett Place.
Harnessing Clean Energy Sources
We integrate renewable energy into our developments wherever possible in order to reduce our carbon footprint and our residents’ utility costs. Photovoltaic solar panels power several of our Roxbury and Mattapan developments. Other developments include features such as a geothermal heat pump system, which draws energy from the ground beneath to help heat and cool living spaces in the building, and we are exploring ways to use and recycle clean energy in future development efforts.
Promoting Home Energy Efficiency
Nuestra Comunidad is collaborating with the City of Boston to connect local residents to no-cost energy efficiency services through the Renew Boston program. Renew Boston works with homeowners, neighborhood groups, businesses, and peer nonprofits to spread the word about home energy efficiency and to help residents receive energy upgrades, including energy auditing, insulation, and air sealing. Read more about Renew Boston.
Creating Community Green Space
Nuestra Comunidad works with our residents and neighbors to beautify neighborhoods, build community, and grow local fruit and vegetables at two community gardens. Jardin de la Amistad in Roxbury is maintained by a dedicated group of neighborhood volunteers with the generous support of the Trustees of Reservations. Garden of Hope in Dorchester is maintained by a number of resident leaders at Hope in Dorchester and Grandfamilies, with support from YouthBuild Boston.