Honors and Awards
Launched in 2002,Champions in Action is a joint initiative of Citizens Bank and News 8 to recognize and support nonprofit organizations for their contributions to Connecticut communities. 2012 marked the 10th anniversary of the program, which had already awarded 39 nonprofits nearly $1 million in grants and promotional support.
The second Champion named in 2012, NHS was chosen for its outstanding work in the category of neighborhood development. Through the Champions in Action program, NHS received a $35,000 unrestricted grant, media coverage, and extensive promotional and volunteer support.
On April 27, 2009, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven was honored at the 2009 Connecticut Preservation Awards Ceremony held by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation in Wethersfield. NHS Executive Director Jim Paley was on hand to accept the Harlan H. Griswold Award for Excellence presented by Helen Higgins, Executive Director of the CT Trust for Historic Preservation, and Karen Senich, Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.
The award "recognizes those individuals, corporations or organizations whose activities exemplify Harlan Griswold's leadership, vision and selfless dedication to preserving Connecticut's heritage and who by deed or example have made our state a better place for all of its citizens." NHS received special recognition for its 12 contiguous Fairlawn Manor houses, all of which appear on the State Register of Historic Places and have been meticulously restored to historic specifications. Read more about the award at the CT Trust for Historic Preservation website.
In February 2012 the United States Green Building Council awarded NHS’ Home Improvement and Energy Conservation Laboratory the highest level of certification, LEED® PLATINUM. This recognizes the high marks the project has achieved with regard to energy conservation, indoor thermal comfort and air quality, daylighting, reduced water consumption, storm water management, sustainable site development, proximity to transit and walkable neighborhoods, and innovative mechanical concepts. The building itself, and the artifacts and exhibits contained therein, foster an atmosphere of learning and innovation for both new homeowners and the NHS staff.
One of the central features of the Lab is the micro-combined heat and power (MCHP) cogeneration system that produces both electricity and heat, using natural gas for fuel. This compact and efficient system also provides heat for the Carriage House and HomeOwnership Center buildings. Although this is a fossil fuel technology, it is an extremely efficient use of fossil fuel. The lab also has a photovoltaic array (solar panels) that produces electricity.
The central purpose of the Lab is to serve as a proving ground for sustainable energy and conservation ideas, systems, and products. It is also the main teaching, learning, and gathering space for all NHS classes, events, meetings, and local community groups. It has enjoyed a steady stream of interested visitors: officials from all levels of government, educators, nonprofit organizations, lenders, contractors, suppliers, and the general public.
Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven received the 2010 GreenCircle Award from The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for our work in benefiting the Connecticut environment. The 2010 GreenCircle Awards Ceremony was held Friday, December 9, 2011, in Hartford. NHS received the award for our state-of-the-art Home Improvement and Energy Conservation Laboratory, which is the centerpiece of our post-purchase homebuyer education programming and serves as a hands-on training facility for homeowners to learn to maintain their homes and conserve energy. As energy costs continue to rise and many residents’ incomes remain limited, this knowledge has become critically important for homebuyers, homeowners and tenants to avoid unnecessary expenses.
In 2009, the Home Improvement and Energy Conservation Laboratory was named the most intriguing commercial building by the Connecticut Green Building Council, which stated:
Home Improvement and Energy Conservation Laboratory submitted by the Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, Inc. immediately caught the jury’s attention. Although the project was limited in scale, it sits in the midst of the community it serves and incorporates many sustainable features that readily demonstrate building projects the neighbors can examine firsthand and understand well enough to undertake on their own. Originally a neighborhood grocery store in the late 1890’s, the single-story frame building with a later masonry addition, illustrates how much can be created out of a very small space and budget. Many of the products used in the building are recycled including, light fixtures, built-in cabinetry and office furnishings. The extensive green roof planted with sedum can accommodate any future expansion of the photo voltaic array that already provides energy to the building. The first residential scale cogeneration system in the state is used to heat and cool the building.