Welcome to your Affordable Housing Decarbonization Hub. We made this digital space with you in mind: people working in the multifamily sector committed to creating a more equitable and sustainable future.

An Unprecedented Opportunity

The affordable housing sector is uniquely positioned to combat climate change. The built environment contributes about 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. And because of systemic racism, many communities where affordable housing is located have experienced some of the most egregious examples of environmental injustices.

New technologies and unprecedented public investments in decarbonization like those made possible through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) hold the promise for real, vital change. Yet navigating these new systems, resources, and opportunities can be overwhelming.

We want to be part of your decarbonization journey.

There are no quick answers or one-size-fits-all solutions. That’s why we created this hub. We know affordable housing leaders have varying levels of experience with decarbonization and different means of access to technical and financial resources.

In one searchable and easy-to-navigate place, we’ve sought to bring together a broad array of tools and information – from the basics of understanding decarbonization to finding and accessing financial resources.

Your engagement and participation will help us make the hub as useful as possible. Submit your questions to our experts. Share suggestions for additional resources. Let us know how we’re doing – and how we can work together to build, retrofit, and operate healthy, sustainable, affordable homes.

Watch the recording of our spring webinar featuring an overview on the hub, a review of its functionality, and Q&A with participants.  

A Message from the Hub Partners

Robin Hughes, President and CEO, Housing Partnership Network headshot

Housing Partnership Network is pleased to partner with Enterprise Community Partners and RMI to bring this Affordable Housing Decarbonization Hub to the sector. Members in our network of affordable housing practitioners express a growing need for relevant resources that respond to their goals and commitments to advance decarbonization.  

This hub aims to provide that through trusted partners and deep subject matter expertise, developing and curating resources through sector collaboration. It is a step towards placing affordable housing at the forefront of developing equitable climate solutions and will ultimately improve the health, sustainability, and resilience of our communities.

Sukanya Paciorek, Managing Director, Carbon-Free Buildings, RMI headshot

We at RMI are excited to join the launch of the Affordable Housing Decarbonization Hub alongside Enterprise Community Partners and Housing Partnership Network. American families can look forward to healthy, comfortable, and affordable homes as we transition to a carbon-free buildings sector, and this hub will provide the critical resources that make those benefits accessible to residents of affordable housing. We are committed to driving effective and equitable climate action and are thrilled to do so alongside such dedicated partners in this initiative. 

Krista Egger, VP, Building Resilient Futures headshot

Dire warnings about climate change are in no short supply. The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report underscores “the rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a livable and sustainable future for all.” 

Residential energy use comprises 20% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. That means the affordable housing sector must be more than just part of decarbonization conversations. We must be a driving force on this front. Working together on behalf of communities, we can lead an equitable transition away from fossil fuels with the right tools, timely information, and robust collaboration.

U.S. Department of Energy Better Climate Challenge Ally

RMI, HPN and Enterprise have each signed on as proud allies of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Climate Challenge. As allies, we pledge to identify, recruit, and support housing providers seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across their building portfolios. Already, over 180 Better Climate Challenge partners have made a commitment to cut their carbon emissions by at least half within 10 years and share their solutions with peers.