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Make your properties green: LEED Associate training & energy audit grants

Posted on September 21, 2018

BOSTON --- In its ongoing effort to support the Local Initiatives Support Corporation's efforts to encourage energy efficiency in affordable housing, MHP is co-sponsoring a training and letting affordable housing property owners know about grants that will fund energy audits and kickoff design meetings to discuss ways to address how to address energy issues.

LEED Green Associate Training

LISC Boston will host a LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Class on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Castle Square Tenants Organization, 476 Tremont St., Boston.

There is no cost to attend this program. Priority will be given to registrants from nonprofit and government organizations. Coffee and lunch will be provided.

Ordinarily, the cost per particpants to attend this program would be $350 but is free of charge thanks to the support of LISC, MHP, USGBC and the Mel King Institute.

The class is designed for individuals working in Massachusetts’ affordable housing field who want to build upon their knowledge of the LEED rating system, green building operations, and green building construction. Upon completion of the class, participants will be well positioned to pass the LEED Green Associate exam and earn this well-respected LEED Green Associate credential.

The all-day course will unfold as follows: 

  • The first hour explains the LEED Green Associate credentialing process and serve as an introduction to LEED, sustainability, the USGBC, the GBCI and the LEED rating system. 
  • The second hour focuses on site issues such as connectivity, transportation, erosion, landscaping, and heat island effect. 
  • The third and fourth hours focus on water, energy, and atmosphere issues, as well as procurement and waste diversion. 
  • The fifth hour focuses on indoor environmental quality issues. 
  • The sixth hour explains the LEED certification process and the Innovation and Regional Priority categories. 
  • The seventh and eighth hours focus on exam format, registration, and sample questions.

To register, please email this completed application form to Emily Jones at by October 10, 2018.

Comprehensive Energy Audit Matching Grants

LISC Boston and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) are offering grants to fund 50 percent of the cost of comprehensive energy audits and kickoff design meetings for up to 60 multifamily affordable housing projects approaching rehab (or pursuing adaptive reuse). We are targeting projects in design development so audits can fully inform the scope of your project.

Selected owners can choose from seven building science firms (Bright Power, Building Evolution Corporation, Center for EcoTechnology, CLEAResult, New Ecology, Sparhawk Group, or Steven Winter Associates) to carry out a comprehensive energy audit and kickoff meeting, and receive a grant from LISC to fund 50% of the cost. Please contact LISC if your organization needs a predevelopment loan to advance your project. Participants will be eligible for free WegoWise benchmarking services.

This FAQ has more information about the audit matching grant program.

Audits will start in November 2018. For more information: Contact Emily Jones at or 617-410-4336 or Mike Davis at or 617-410-4334.  

About the Green Retrofit Initiative

LISC's Green Retrofit Initiative helps affordable housing owners implement energy efficient and clean energy technology, transition to safer cleaning products and pest management techniques, and go smoke-free in their buildings. Since 2010, we have worked with over 50 owners statewide to track energy performance of at least 17,000 units through bench marking, undergo energy retrofits in 5,000+ units, and leverage over $17 million.

Currently, LISC is collaborating with MHP and MassHousing to incorporate sustainability strategies across their portfolios (69,000+ units combined) and provide relevant trainings, from LEED Green Associate courses to Passive House forums.