What Americans Want In Apartment Landscaping

What Americans Want In Apartment Landscaping

Posted on 31. Jul, 2013 by .

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As you determine ways to make your apartment complex more appealing to tenants, you should pay attention to the latest trends when it comes to outdoor spaces. More specifically, take note of what the American Society of Landscape Architects found when they conducted their Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey for 2013. Then consider using these findings to your advantage as you work to improve your property.

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The Benefits Of Going Green

The Benefits Of Going Green

Posted on 22. May, 2013 by .

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Today, a record number of property management companies are experiencing the benefits of going green. The Green Property Management Course, offered by The National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) is designed to provide property managers with the training required to obtain the Credential for Green Property Management (CGPM).

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Citywide Sustainability Is Smart Thinking

Citywide Sustainability Is Smart Thinking

Posted on 05. Dec, 2012 by .

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Think it’s hard to modify your own behavior? Imagine reinventing a tired river town into a sustainable modern city.

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What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

Posted on 05. Oct, 2012 by .

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I’ve seen many discarded on the street, curbs or sticking out of dumpsters. And I’ve owned or used my fair share as well. Yes, I’m talking about mattresses.

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Two Novices Take on the Attic

Two Novices Take on the Attic

Posted on 27. Sep, 2012 by .

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When the Energy Squad assessed my home for inefficiencies a while back, it was noted that my attic insulation was a little sparse. Since then, adding more insulation has been on my to-do list. During the course of a busy year, however, the task got pushed out.

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Assigning Value to Trash

Assigning Value to Trash

Posted on 26. Jul, 2012 by .

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Occasionally I catch people browsing my recycling bins on the curb in search of aluminum cans. One such individual dressed in a business suit drove up to my recycling bins – and others on the block – to harvest cans.

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Gas Prices and Electric Vehicles

Gas Prices and Electric Vehicles

Posted on 18. Jul, 2012 by .

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While gas prices have leveled off in recent months, I think we can all agree that the days of cheap gas are over for good. As people continue to look for ways to save on gas costs, more and more are turning to electric vehicles.

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Paving the Way to Greener Projects

Paving the Way to Greener Projects

Posted on 12. Jun, 2012 by .

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Green isn’t a really a destination so much as a journey. When CFLs first hit the mainstream market, many folks scoffed at the higher cost, the funny shape and the inconvenience of special recycling.

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How to Make Spring Cleaning Easier

How to Make Spring Cleaning Easier

Posted on 23. May, 2012 by .

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Spring is in full force across the country. Meanwhile, property managers have been busy preparing their properties for warm weather. Landscapes are being aerated, dead tree limbs removed, and flowers planted everywhere you look.

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Energy Saving Ideas for Property Management

Energy Saving Ideas for Property Management

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by .

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Green is the thing! As more properties begin to implement green technology, it may be time to take an inventory of your properties and see where you can implement energy saving measures. While green technology is being implemented in corporations throughout the U.S., many of us have yet to do so.

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Modern Gleaners

Modern Gleaners

Posted on 29. Feb, 2012 by .

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You’re probably familiar with The Gleaners (Des glaneuses), Millet’s famous painting of women gleaning a field of grain after harvest. The women in the painting aren’t likely members of the farmer’s family and they aren’t helping with the harvest either. But they are valuable members of society fulfilling an important function: Making use of what’s been left behind.

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Carbon Offsets for Your Business

Carbon Offsets for Your Business

Posted on 24. Feb, 2012 by .

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Carbon offsets can help individuals and organizations balance out their production of greenhouse gases generated by fossil fuel use with projects out in the world that reduce, eliminate or offset these same toxic gases. Projects tend to focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation.

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Shop Locally, Think Sustainably, and Manage Environmentally

Shop Locally, Think Sustainably, and Manage Environmentally

Posted on 08. Feb, 2012 by .

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These are mainly good times for property managers. The number of new residents needing rental housing is increasing, rents are rising, and vacancies are filling up. On top of that we learned today (11/10/11) that the average rate on 30-year fixed mortgages fell below 4 percent for just the second time in history. Freddie Mac said the rate on the 30-year fixed loan fell to 3.99 percent, down from 4 percent last week. Five weeks ago, it dropped to a record low of 3.94 percent, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Backyard Chickens

Backyard Chickens

Posted on 27. Jan, 2012 by .

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One of the perks of my last apartment in California was access to seven hens. Really, the perk had more to do with the eggs the chickens produced, but the thought of interacting with hens was strangely thrilling. I’d never been around them before and I was extremely curious. I imagined making my way to the coop with an egg basket tucked under my arm.

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Save Paper in Your Property Management Office

Save Paper in Your Property Management Office

Posted on 11. Jan, 2012 by .

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As more property management companies become more environmentally conscious, property managers continue to search for more ways to go ‘green.’ One of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to reduce paper usage in your office.

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An Environmentally Responsible Move-Out List

An Environmentally Responsible Move-Out List

Posted on 29. Dec, 2011 by .

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You’re not the only one making wish lists this time of year. Here’s one for your residents to check twice to make sure their next move-out is environmentally responsible. Or, should a tenant leave you with a move-out mess, this handy list will help you navigate the detritus responsibly. Thank goodness for security deposits.

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Increase Your Energy-Saving Awareness and Green Profits Will Follow

Increase Your Energy-Saving Awareness and Green Profits Will Follow

Posted on 14. Dec, 2011 by .

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As Property Managers, we are often measured by how we get along with our clients and residents. More and more we are also judged by the example we set as the “stewards” of the buildings and grounds that compose the properties we manage.

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Getting Personal about Public Transportation

Getting Personal about Public Transportation

Posted on 02. Dec, 2011 by .

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But no matter where you are in the world, local public transportation reduces carbon emissions for every person on board. It also reduces the number of personal vehicles on the road, thereby reducing traffic congestion. Over the course of a year, you can cut your own carbon emissions by nearly 5,000 pounds just by hopping on a bus rather than driving.

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6 Green Ideas for Your Residents

6 Green Ideas for Your Residents

Posted on 02. Nov, 2011 by .

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Property managers can find ways to green their offices and green their properties in order to attract ideal residents. After all, you want the kind of residents who will respect their interior and exterior environment, believe in a minimal impact way of life, and are likely to build a sense of community. These environmentally friendly folks may be looking for new ideas on going green.

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The Aesthetics of Recycling

The Aesthetics of Recycling

Posted on 19. Oct, 2011 by .

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What comes to mind when you hear the word recycling? Do you ever think of anything more aesthetic than an iconic plastic recycling bin?

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Sustainable University 101

Sustainable University 101

Posted on 12. Oct, 2011 by .

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What do college campuses generate? Students. And what do students need? Rental housing.

This is certainly not news but what you might not know is that college and university campuses nationwide are implementing strategies to be more sustainable.

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Rethinking the Toilet

Rethinking the Toilet

Posted on 26. Sep, 2011 by .

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Did you know the earliest form of today’s flush toilet first emerged in 1596? And while ordinary toilets today do what they are primarily designed to do – that is, flush waste away from wherever you are to a treatment plant far, far away – mainstream flush toilets haven’t undergone truly significant innovative retooling in quite some time. Meanwhile, they continue to flush about 4.8 billion gallons of water every single day in the U.S.

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Window Treatments: A Green Investment

Window Treatments: A Green Investment

Posted on 16. Sep, 2011 by .

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It is good to prepare properties for the upcoming winter months and residents can learn simple tips to keeping their utility bills down this year. According to the US Department of Energy, properly selected and installed window coverings can save you up to 33% in heating and cooling costs.

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The 21-Day Recycling Challenge

The 21-Day Recycling Challenge

Posted on 11. Aug, 2011 by .

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If your office or home environments don’t currently have a system for recycling, now is a fantastic time to develop one. Let’s start by conducting a little trash experiment. We’ll call it the 21-Day Challenge.

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