Green Highlights from our 2016 Annual Report

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We could not be more excited about Pantone’s 2017 pick for Color of the Year… Greenery!
 
The Pantone Institute, the self-described “world-renowned authority on color,” describes Greenery as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.”  Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman credits a shared craving for the inherent harmony of the natural world for their selection, noting “Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another, and a larger purpose.”

Well, Pantone’s selection has inspired us to share some green highlights from our 2016 Annual Report. More and more, our desire to improve the quality of our communities has converged with responsible conservation and maintenance programs, and we are pleased with the difference our efforts are making to build a more sustainable and responsible portfolio of apartment homes.

Here are a few highlights from 2016 only:

218,528,515
Gallons of water saved in 2016 from 16 completed plumbing retrofit projects

396,722
KW/H saved from the replacement of over 1,200 kitchen appliances throughout 2016, with residents realizing over $55,000 in electricity bill savings

2018
Our target year for a majority of units to be 100% smoke-free; improving air quality and reducing turnover costs

86.4%
The percent of rent paid electronically in 2016; with 95% of all occupied apartments registered for our online resident services

As an owner-operator focused on long-term investments, we are mindful of monitoring our usage and sourcing more environmentally friendly resources where it makes economical sense whenever possible. Here are some more examples of ongoing efforts at some or all of our apartment communities:

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

o   Installing energy efficient appliances
o   Installing programmable digital thermostats
o   Installing high-efficiency water heaters
o   Weather-proofing apartment homes
o   Replacing standard lighting with CFL and LEDs bulbs
o   Using timers and/or motions sensors for model units and common areas
o   Installing residents’ smart devices upon request
o   Using high-efficiency pool pumps, and limiting pool heating times
o   Conducting internal energy audits
 
WATER CONSERVATION
o   Installing low-flow toilets and showerheads
o   Installing faucet aerators
o   Xeriscaping and drip irrigation
o   Enhanced emergency leak response program
o   Conducting internal water usage audits

WASTE MANAGEMENT

o   Paperless applications, correspondence, rent payments, and service requests
o   Implementing onsite recycling programs
o   Supplying compostable doggy bags at dog waste stations
o   Digitizing policies, procedures, and staff training materials for online access
o   Collecting and properly disposing of old electronics, batteries, and lightbulbs
o   Recycling carpets and replacing with longer-lasting/recyclable fauxwood
o   Providing reusable grocery bags and water bottles to all residents at move-in
o   Replacing print with electronic community newsletters
o   Paperless investor document portal and correspondence
o   Printing Annual Reports on recycled paper

 
AIR QUALITY

o   Using low or zero-VOC paints
o   Implementing smoke-free community policies
o   Ensuring dryer vents are regularly cleaned
o   Providing complementary air filter service
o   Providing maintenance service bikes (golf cart alternative for staff)

EDUCATION & AWARENESS

o   Improving staff and resident awareness with e-blasts, signage, and community events
o   Encouraging residents to use MyNALS for online payments and requests
o   Exploring electric vehicle (EV) and solar power infrastructure

NALS Apartment Homes remains committed to identifying and implementing green initiatives at our apartment communities across the nation with the firm belief that it will benefit our renters, our business and our collective impact on the environment.  While Pantone’s “Greenery” may be a passing stylistic or fashion choice for 2017, we’re dedicated to going green long-term!  If you are a resident interested in learning more about going green at your community or have ideas for improvement, please email you community manager or reach out to us at [email protected]

 

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