PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

4/19/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:041918C
Subject:
Long Beach Hosts Workshops to Promote High-Performing Healthy Homes
Contact:
Larry Rich, Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
City Manager’s Office
562.570.5839
Larry.Rich@longbeach.gov




The City of Long Beach, Office of Sustainability is partnering with Green Education Inc. to host two “Smart Homebuyer Workshops” in April to support homeowners and new homebuyers in making their homes healthy, comfortable, and environmentally friendly. Energy efficiency upgrades conserve energy and create a more comfortable living space with better indoor air quality for a healthier environment.

“We are excited to offer this resource to Long Beach homeowners and homebuyers,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are always looking for ways to support our residents in creating a more healthy and sustainable city.”

The workshops will take place on April 26, 2018, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, and on April 28, 2018, from 9:00am to 11:00am, at the Energy Resources (formerly Gas & Oil) Auditorium, 2400 E. Spring Street. Participants will learn how to take advantage of financing and incentive opportunities to increase their home’s value, create a healthier living space, and reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. All homeowners who own a home in Long Beach or new homebuyers who are interested in purchasing a home in Long Beach can register for a workshop at http://bit.ly/SmartHomesLB.

“A home that is healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient is attainable,” said Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. “Green Education Inc. has incredible resources to share. I encourage everyone to take advantage of these workshops and learn how to save the environment while saving money.”

During the workshops, Green Education Inc. will cover multiple financing options including the Energy Efficient Mortgage, which applies to people who are buying or refinancing their home. The cost of energy efficiency upgrades is bundled into a mortgage for the same financing terms. Through this federal program, homeowners and homebuyers are automatically qualified for up to an additional five percent of their home’s value on their mortgage loan. Additionally, rebates and other incentives can be combined with financing options to make upgrades more affordable.

Long Beach has an aging housing stock with more than 80 percent of owner-occupied units built before 1970. Home energy efficiency improvements can create a 25 percent reduction in energy usage and make homes more comfortable for their residents. Buildings account for 39 percent of emissions in the United States, so energy efficiency is a powerful tool to help the City reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

These workshops originated with a Council item brought forth by Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, and supported by Councilwoman Suzie Price as well as Councilmember Roberto Uranga.

About Green Education Inc.

Green Education Inc. partners with municipalities and community-based stakeholders to educate, revitalize and transform communities into green sustainable neighborhoods, create healthy and energy efficient homes, good green jobs and a burgeoning green economy.

About the Office of Sustainability

The City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability works to create a more sustainable community by engaging with individuals, neighborhoods and government to reduce our impact on the environment and protect our local natural resources. Our mission is to provide policies and programs that advance environmental stewardship, support local sustainability practices, and create a more livable and resilient Long Beach. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @lbsustainability.