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Robert Holahan


This article focuses on the threat of environmental gentrification in Binghamton and the surrounding municipalities. Given certain risks, including an increasing temporary student renter population, increasing rent prices, high population of renters overall and the need for updates to the housing stock, this area of Broome County is at high risk for environmental gentrification if clean energy upgrades to the housing stock are aggressively pursued. Since clean energy upgrades such as weatherization and clean technology installation will create safer housing and reduce residential greenhouse gas emissions, it is desirable to pursue them. Thus, this article will analyze four policy alternatives on their ability to facilitate the implementation of clean energy upgrades while also mitigating green gentrification. It will find that synthesizing the work of local land trusts and housing organizations with efforts to implement clean energy upgrades will best accomplish this.