Lexington Habitat for Humanity


Lexington Habitat for Humanity (LHFH) is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). We are an ecumenical Christian ministry partnering with volunteers and donors to eliminate substandard housing. Families in need achieve homeownership by purchasing simple, decent affordable homes they help build with community partners. LHFH became an affiliate in 1986. To date we have helped more than 400 low-income families achieve homeownership. In 2015 LHFH anticipates partnering with 15 families for new construction, 5 families for critical home repairs, and completing two home preservation projects.

LHFH serves hard-working, low-income families who are currently living in sub-standard and/or overcrowded conditions, who meet Habitat homeownership requirements and would not be served by traditional lending agencies. We target families who earn between 30 – 60 percent of the median income in our community.

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Current Sustainable Practices

Below are the initiatives Habitat for Humanity has completed on the Green Check scorecard.

Sustainability Management and Green Team 

  • Develop a written Comprehensive Sustainability Plan that includes goals in these categories: Sustainability Goals Roles and Responsibilities, Policies and Procedures, Activities and Impact, and Timelines
  • Designate a Sustainability Coordinator or Green Team responsible for managing sustainability initiatives.

Awareness, Education, and Outreach

  • Provide a sustainability information board in a common area such as a break room or kitchen.
  • Include a sustainability statement and training in all new hire materials.
  • Promote sustainability accomplishments in external marketing materials (website, social media, newsletter, press releases, TV/radio ads).
  • Provide volunteers for community environmental projects annually.
  • Host an environmental event at your location.
  • Sponsor an environmental booth at an existing community event.
  • Participate in a present or attend sustainability workshop.

Energy Efficiency

  • Assess, track, and document energy consumption using Energy Star Portfolio Manager or similar program
  • Establish a power-down policy and checklist that includes items such as shutting off lights at night.
  • Set water heater thermostats to a maximum of 120 degrees or install an inline water heater
  • Apply for energy credits, rebates or incentives.
  • Sign up for a green energy program with your electric provider.
  • Replace incandescent lights with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)- 75-100% replacement.
  • Upgrade all Exit signs to LED.
  • Achieve a year-over reduction in energy usage from the baseline of at least 5%.
  • Establish a regular filter maintenance policy for your HVAC system.
  • Have your HVAC system evaluated every 2 years by a certified service provider.
  • Establish a policy for purchasing that requires Energy Star rated appliances and electronics.
  • Install power strips for computers and equipment to power down during non-business hours.
  • Install occupancy sensors in bathrooms, meeting room, and other infrequently used areas.
  • Insulate roof to control energy loss.
  • Take measures to insulate HVAC system and ductwork to minimize heat loss
  • Perform external lighting audit.
  • Daylight work spaces wherever possible.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

  • Implement a basic recycling program.
  • Conduct a waste audit (within the past two years).
  • Provide clearly marked recycling bins at work stations and/or in common areas. Recycling bins must be paired with a waste bin
  • Train and require janitorial service or staff responsible for cleaning to segregate waste and recyclable materials.
  • Use reusable mugs and dishware instead of disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Establish a policy for environmentally friendly printing such as twosided printing, reusing copy paper, and electronic document sharing.
  • Establish an electronic waste policy that diverts all e-waste away from landfill.
  • Create a landfill diversion goal.
  • Replace at least 50% of paper stock with post-consumer recycled paper.
  • Develop or participate in an existing composting program.

Water Conservation

  • Assess, track, and document water consumption using Energy Star Portfolio Manager or similar program.
  • Establish a policy for purchase of high efficiency (i.e. WaterSense) rated fixtures and appliances.
  • Install water efficient faucets in all of the restrooms.
  • Install water efficient toilets in all of the restrooms.
  • Establish a policy for proper hazardous waste and chemical disposal.
  • Establish a policy for proper disposal of fats, oils, and grease, distribute to staff, and post in key areas.
  • Perform a stormwater pollution survey on your property with BGGS staff or other qualified professional.
  • Post information in restrooms about proper disposal of flushable wipes and other items
  • Coordinate or participate in a community litter clean-up.

Urban Forestry and Landscapes

  • Establish a sustainability statement for landscape contracts.
  • Remove all invasive species from property.
  • Establish environmentally friendly lawn care policies to reduce chemical pesticide and fertilizer use.
  • Plant a pollinator garden.
  • Plant a rain garden.

Sustainable Purchasing

  • Establish a policy for reducing the toxic chemicals/materials in your workplace.
  • Establish a policy to purchase non-Styrofoam cups and plates for use at the workplace or at events.
  • Establish a policy for purchasing locally, if available.
  • Establish a policy to purchase/lease EPA SmartWay Certified fuel efficient vehicles.
  • Establish a policy for purchasing environmentally-friendly cleaning products.

Transportation Efficiency

  • Establish and implement a no-idling policy.
  • Install a bike rack with sufficient space for at least 10% of your employees.
  • Place bicycle storage closer than any other designated parking spot.

Innovation

  • Become Energy Star certified.
  • Install a permeable parking lot.
  • Install a 300-gallon or above water catchment system.
  • Generate energy from renewable resources such as solar or wind power on-site.
  • Participate in LFUCG Citizens’ Environmental Academy.

Re-certified in 2019

Member since 2016

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