Greenhouse Gas Emissions Per Household

 

Our goals at Hillside are to enable access to an affordable lifestyle that fosters community, education, and most importantly eliminates the three largest contributors of CO2 emissions; food, housing, and transportation. Collectively, these components create 79% of the greenhouse gas emission per household.

We combat these elements by building net-positive energy homes, growing food on site in our year-round greenhouse, and using shared electric vehicles powered by alternative energy.  Creating a replicable model of successful sustainable living is at the center of intentions for Hillside.

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Food Production

With an edible landscape, urban gardens, and year-round greenhouse, food production is abundant at Hillside. This is important to us because we know what a large impact small scale agriculture can have. Industrial agriculture and its associated processes are responsible for one-third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Large-scale industrial agriculture requires the use of harmful pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, and fossil fuels to keep up with demand. These systems externalize poor nutrition, dangerous air quality, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, harming not only the earth and people today, but putting our collective future at risk.

Innovating small scale agriculture is an essential step in shifting the future of climate and public health. This model of farming changes a community for the better by increasing food security, creating viable jobs, and connecting people with their food.

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Transportation

According to the EPA, the leading cause of Greenhouse Gas Emissions is transportation. Hillside is working to innovate transportation by offering residents access to shared electric vehicles and alternative transportation methods.

Strategically situated within minutes of the MBTA commuter rail, bus services, and the beautiful Clipper City Rail Trail which accesses downtown Newburyport. Instead of driving, Hillside residents can get some fresh air and reap the health benefits while reducing their personal transportation emissions. And for those times when there is a need to travel by car, Hillside offers a fleet of Shared Electric Vehicles powered by on-site solar energy.



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Housing

The design concepts of Hillside’s 48 units demonstrate the collaboration between sustainability, energy conservation, fostering community, and ecological resilience. All of its components- housing, electric transportation, farming, community amenities, and residential suites- are powered by 400kW of solar. Through extremely intentional building design, material selection, construction practices, and operation, Hillside qualifies for the highest level of LEED, LEED Platinum. By executing this building design to eliminate the need for traditional heating and cooling systems, Hillside also qualifies to be certified as Passive House.

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Green Living Elements 

  • Solar Panels

  • Solar Hot Water Heaters

  • Shared Electric Vehicles

  • Residential Recycling and Compost Program

  • Electric Car Charging Station

  • Secure Bike Storage

  • CSA Farm Share

  • Rainwater Collection

  • 83% Walking Score

  • Permeable Roadways

  • Edible Landscape

  • Residential Gardening Space

  • LED Lighting

  • Shared Community Space