What are you doing to make your community green, and do your residents appreciate the effort? This month, MHN pairs with Kingsley Associates to find out what residents really feel about the sustainable and eco-conscious amenities in their apartments.
“The trash and recycling are convenient in the building, but the composting is a bit more laborious. I think more people would participate if you made it easier.” —Seattle
“More education could be given to residents regarding recycling and composting. Perhaps posters in the garbage room or some encouragement to use what is available to us.” —Portland, Ore.
“You should consider electric plugs for electric cars.” —Dallas
“Energy-efficient washer and dryers would be a vast improvement.” —Lansdale, Pa.
“Water/energy being split among all residents is not the fairest way to be charged. Lately, our charges have been going up tremendously because of people that use more than we do.” —Portland, Ore.
“I recommend adding motion-sensored lighting to save on money and energy, especially in community areas.” —Atlanta
“Programmable thermostats could increase comfort, help save energy and lower the cost of living here.” —Austin, Texas
“I would like to see solar energy added to the complex to help reduce the carbon footprint and reduce utility bills.” —Alameda, Calif.
“The apartments could be more energy efficient. All the AC units, water heaters, etc. are decades old. So many more advancements in the last 20 years around energy efficiency.” —Peachtree City, Ga.
“I know the toilets are low-flow to conserve energy, but they malfunction a lot.” —Charlotte, N.C.
“I think there should be a recycle bin in the mailroom. It makes this place seem completely behind the times in its concern for the environment.” —Houston
“I appreciate the space planning for the apartment layout as well as the green practices. This is a great community.” —Tallahassee, Fla.
“There needs to be a recycling program! You’re LEED certified, but don’t have a recycling program? Please get one! It makes a difference!” —Dallas
“For a building that’s so proud of its LEED certification, there sure are a lot of TV screens that are constantly on.” —Portland, Ore.
“An organic, non-GMO fruit and vegetable delivery service would be nice to have. Maybe create a partnership with local farmers.” —Denver
“Recycling would be a great benefit. I would be willing to pay a small fee to have the ability to recycle here.” —Franklin, Tenn.
“I like that the building is maintained in a sustainable way. I would like to see e-waste recycling.” —New York
“Really like the Zipcar in the building. Would like a second Zipcar in the garage.” —Chicago