Why shouldn’t affordable housing be as green as possible? That’s what developers at the Charlotte Housing Authority asked themselves last year as they made renovation plans for Charlottetown Terrace, originally built in 1977 as an 11-story high-rise with 180 units to provide affordable housing to both seniors and the disabled. Today, following a $12.86 million rehabilitation as part of Charlotte, N.C.’s, larger effort to revitalize its midtown section into a sustainable community, the Terrace has been designated as housing for low-income disabled residents of any age. The number of units has been reduced from more than 180 to 161 (all nonsmoking), and the 11th floor has been transformed into a service space. The building is now LEED certified. But the Housing Authority didn’t just want to implement green initiatives—they wanted residents to embrace them, says J. Wesley Daniels Jr., senior development officer. That’s why residents were not only included in the planning phases, offering input on which amenities they were most interested in, but were also offered lessons from contractors on how to utilize green amenities.“You can build all the green features you want, but at the end of the day, if the resident isn’t using it properly, you’re not getting the full benefit out of it,” Daniels says. The green features include energy-efficient windows, low-flow toilets, and kitchen and bath aerators. There are also high-efficiency variable-refrigerant-flow heat pumps throughout the building and a solar reflectant TPO roof with R-22 insulation. It took awhile for residents who have lived in the building for decades to get used to the new green policies, but, now, most are embracing the changes. “We all have to be more conscious,” Daniels says, “but the way we sell it is to say that we’re all pitching in to make a better environment.”