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MDHA among Middle Tennessee's most eco-friendly | 2010-09-29
The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency has been recognized as one of the "50 Most Eco-Friendly Companies in Middle Tennessee" in the September/October 2010 issue of Nashville Post magazine.
In compiling the listing, Nashville Post
defined a green business "first as one that provides goods or services intended to improve the sustainability of others," ... and "second as one that employs sustainable principles in their facilities and practices."
Among MDHA's accomplishments the magazines cited were:
- A rooftop solar energy display at Parthenon Towers – a first for community-owned housing in Tennessee. The 280 PV panels cover almost 5,000 square feet of the building’s roof. That project alone made MDHA the largest solar energy generator for Nashville Electric Service. In addition, MDHA installed 300 panels atop its Madison high-rise property and a smaller display atop Edgefield Manor in East Nashville. Altogether, it has made MDHA among the largest generators of solar power in the state of Tennessee.
- The agency has also received millions of dollars in federal stimulus money to renovate and green its public housing developments. From window replacement to heating and cooling and weatherization improvements, the end result is greater comfort for residents and lower energy costs for MDHA – a significant development given that the public agency is often made to absorb the energy costs of residents who cannot pay their bills.
Nashville Post credited MDHA with "playing a leading role in fulfilling Mayor Karl Dean's plan to make Nashville the greenest city in the Southeast."