A Watershed Moment: Environmental Quality in Rental Housing

The May 3 episode of “A Watershed Moment” featured Tyler Nickerson of the Grand Rapids Area Coalition to End Homelessness. Nickerson discussed the importance of environmental quality in rental housing.

If rental housing is held to an ideal environmental standard, it will benefit the economy and environment in the future. Nickerson discussed keeping air quality at the minimum standard, as well as assuring a thermal envelope of a home is present, involving an effective seal preventing a draft residence. Insulation should also be present to prevent energy from escaping. This can help to prevent high energy bills and wasted energy.The area around the home should also be a concern, as it could negatively impact the surrounding environment. Issues such as these can be avoided with managing pests and not using lead paint. These measures are important for long term sustainability for the city of Grand Rapid’s future.

For more information regarding the Grand Rapids Coalition to End Homelessness, please visit their website.

Listen to the full interview here.

“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life.

Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Tuesdays: 8:30 am and 5:30 pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media  Center and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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