The buzz about green buildings and energy conservation is so loud you just can't shut your ears to it. And why should you? We are being inundated with information on how to make our buildings and our lives greener. Even if your building can't afford an entire 'green' makeover, there are easy, cost-effective strategies that both boards and residents can implement to save money and energy.
Want your residents to become greener and more energy efficient? Motivate them, says Thomas Kostigen, co-author of The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Timewith Elizabeth Rogers (Three Rivers Press).
"Make residents aware of what they are already doing that's environmentally-friendly (such as recycling)," says Kostigen. "And don't make them feel guilty about what they are not doing."
In Los Angeles, Mozaic apartments, owned and managed by Lincoln Property Company, have sparked their residents to make more earth-friendly changes by providing a kick start—giving every resident a compact fluorescent light bulb. It's a start!
You can also start a 'green' tips section of any newsletter that your building may distribute, or on your website. Provide residents with the basic information they need and they will be more willing to make some changes.