The PHN DEI case studies examine the struggles, showing lessons learned, celebrating successes, drawing new connections and revealing new possibilities. The series intends to investigate a wide variety of Passive House building industry aspects: education, professionals, ownership, occupancy, workforce, social justice, government, private business, policy, strategies, pilots and more.

The goal is to offer real world takeaways and inspiration for attendees to act on and make DEI an everyday priority in their Passive House and whole-life efforts.

The format is short presentation followed by moderated conversation. (attendees submit questions through chat )

Development Disclosure & Support of Racial Equity: A Profile of Action

Noon ET, Thursday, July 27, 2023

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In our push to build more sustainable housing, including Passive House affordable housing, are the potential collateral negative effects clear to developers, city planners, and the communities these developments are planned for? Cheryl Pahaham has made it her mission to see the bigger picture and then act on the information. Learn about LL 78 of 2021, which requires disclosures (“Racial Equity Reports”) from certain land use applicants, intended to help communities be better informed about the impacts of proposed developments, the City Planning tool Equitable Development Data Explorer, the Displacement Risk Index and more. Consider the investments, the organizations, the outcomes, and how the Passive House community might better support communities under stress.

Join the conversation with Cheryl, get inspired, then take action.


Cheryl Pahaham has a Ph.D. in Sociology from The New School and a Bachelor Degree from Wesleyan University. A  longtime employee in the New York State Comptroller’s Office performing oversight functions, Cheryl is also a community activist. She’s organized, campaigned, and served on Manhattan Community Board 12, supporting insurgent candidates in local State and City races. She was a founding member of the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group north of 96th Street in Manhattan. A leader of the Racial Impact Study Coalition in New York City, Cheryl has been focused on neighborhood and citywide efforts to reform planning and land use policies and to push for deeply affordable housing, including as a member of Northern Manhattan Is Not For Sale, and co-chair of Inwood Legal Action.


Eddy Voltaire is a sustainability consultant with Design Construction & Sustainability Inc (DCS), a New York City-based firm. He is an experienced project and construction manager with a background in real estate, communications, and business development. While very diverse in experience, his approach often involves a distinct sense of play, aiming to put the fun in functional design. His work is guided by a strong belief in design as a problem-solving tool, connecting people, community, and environment. DCS’s work exists at the intersection of art and technology. Eddy holds a degree in architecture and energy management from New York Institute of Technology.

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