Looking Ahead: Five Things Property Management Teams Should Do To Start 2014 with Sustainability in Mind
1. Trim Your Trash: Waste reduction provides an effective way to lower your costs throughout all areas of your building. Examples include: using both sides of a sheet of paper, bringing lunch in a reusable container, shipping items in reusable containers, using raw materials efficiently, etc.
2. Consider Options for Food Waste: By composting, you are diverting the waste from the landfill or elsewhere in the solid waste stream and ensuring ongoing value when the item is converted into something useful, such as a soil amendment.
3. Increase Recycling Efforts: By recycling, we conserve natural resources that would otherwise be extracted for new products. This simple action of recycling decreases greenhouse gas emissions (i.e., carbon dioxide and methane) from mining, transportation, processing, and manufacturing. Recycling also helps boost the economy with new green jobs.
4. Make Tenants More Informed: Educate and engage tenants to promote energy conservation and reward wise recycling behaviors, energy decisions, and water conservation behaviors.
5. Consider Going LEED: Build, renovate, and operate your facilities according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. This will benefit your bottom line by lowering operating costs and increasing asset value. It will benefit the environment by conserving energy and water, reducing waste sent to landfills, creating healthier, safer occupant environments, and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.