Tag Archives: recycle

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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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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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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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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Be a Hero with a Zero-Waste Event

Be a Hero with a Zero-Waste Event

Posted on 04. Aug, 2011 by .

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You’ve probably heard of zero-waste events before. You might have even attended one. They are just like regular events, except they produce exactly zero waste.

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Teaching an Old Dog a New Trick

Teaching an Old Dog a New Trick

Posted on 07. Jul, 2011 by .

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After reading about Max the Labrador, I’m thinking about introducing a new twist to our family walks. Max, who was rescued by his family from Orphans of the Storm, has learned how to recycle alongside his human family members. He actually fetches recyclable trash and helps his humans collect an enormous volume of litter by week’s end.

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Going Green Is Not “All Or Nothing”

Going Green Is Not “All Or Nothing”

Posted on 08. Jun, 2011 by .

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Your green journey depends on many factors — job, family, hobbies, personal values, physical abilities and many more. In that way, eco-consciousness is more of a spectrum.

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Junk Mail: If the Name Fits

Junk Mail: If the Name Fits

Posted on 11. May, 2011 by .

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There was a time when posted mail was full of an alluring promise of adventure, good stories and friendship. But these days, most mail has been reduced to bills or junk mail. Postcards are few, handwritten letters even fewer. The anticipation of something great is still there, but when all you find is a circular for sale-priced beef at the local grocery store (and you happen to be vegetarian), there is a serious letdown (and evidence of a serious disconnect between marketer and consumer).

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Nuturing Tenant Loyalty

Nuturing Tenant Loyalty

Posted on 04. May, 2011 by .

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Once you’ve found a great match between a tenant and your property, you want to nurture tenant loyalty. Here are a few easy-to-implement ideas that will help build a long and beautiful relationship.

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Become a Destination for Earth Advocates

Become a Destination for Earth Advocates

Posted on 09. Feb, 2011 by .

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Making your office a destination for eco-conscious folks will bring more green traffic your way, start a green dialog with prospective tenants, and add value to current tenant relationships. Your efforts will prove invaluable in nurturing a long and fulfilling relationship with eco-conscious tenants — and the planet.

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Green Materials Go Mainstream

Green Materials Go Mainstream

Posted on 26. Jan, 2011 by .

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Like cars, homes require repairs and maintenance to keep them safe, secure and comfortable for residents. Green materials help ensure that harmful chemicals are not unwittingly introduced into the household. As with any material, green materials must be durable, perform well and be cost effective. Along with these traits, green property managers also consider toxicity, resource efficiency, amount of virgin material required to produce the product, embodied energy, carbon footprint and ongoing maintenance requirements.

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Watching Your E-Waste in the New Year

Watching Your E-Waste in the New Year

Posted on 19. Jan, 2011 by .

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We streamline our offices by using less paper, more energy-efficient light bulbs, and by carpooling to work. But do we ever consider the impact of the beasts of our heavy office lifting — computers, fax machines, and printers?

Here are a few strategies for softening the environmental impact of office hardware:

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A Bright Post-Holiday Idea

A Bright Post-Holiday Idea

Posted on 05. Jan, 2011 by .

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This season, I was eager to explore the intricacies of holiday light recycling after reading about a local program in Minnesota.

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Stuff the Stocking, Not the Landfill

Stuff the Stocking, Not the Landfill

Posted on 22. Dec, 2010 by .

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It’s that giving time of year again, so here are a few ideas to help your property management business stay green over the holidays.

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Deconstruction of Residential Real Estate

Deconstruction of Residential Real Estate

Posted on 06. Dec, 2010 by .

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If deconstruction is a new trend in the world of real estate development, you can expect re-use centers to be brimming with stock and plenty of opportunities for you to find just what you need at a very green price. I imagine that tracking and searching inventory will eventually become more sophisticated and easier to navigate as the demand for deconstruction increases.

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Apartment Communities Are Going Green

Apartment Communities Are Going Green

Posted on 29. Nov, 2010 by .

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Here are some bullet point tips to help you go green at your apartment community. These ideas only scratch the surface, but every little bit helps!

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Advertising Within the Community: Ready, Set, Recycle!

Advertising Within the Community: Ready, Set, Recycle!

Posted on 07. Jul, 2010 by .

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One of the many benefits that can come from volunteering to be in neighborhood events is free publicity. Community programs can be one of the most beneficial and cost-effective ways to advertise, mainly because they are usually publicized in some manner—television, newspaper, etc.

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Recycling Resources for Abandoned Property

Recycling Resources for Abandoned Property

Posted on 28. Jun, 2010 by .

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A recurring problem for many property managers today is that the resident moves out but leaves behind this or her household items. This is such a problem in school dormitories that colleges now have year-end auctions just to try to unload the stuff. Amazingly, much of it is perfectly usable electronics equipment, furniture, kitchenware, small appliances and rugs.

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Reduce, Reuse & Recycle: How Reusing Will Reduce Your Recycling

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle: How Reusing Will Reduce Your Recycling

Posted on 21. May, 2010 by .

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What’s greener: Reusing something that already exists or creating something new? It’s not a trick question. And the right answer depends entirely on the item in question. Let’s say your rental property sports kitchen cabinets from the harvest-gold heyday, and which you suspect might be scaring off potential tenants.

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