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Making the Case for Building Improvements: Tips for Residents
Sometimes the initiative to improve a building’s environmental performance comes from property management, and at other times it is kick-started by building residents. Below are some tips for residents interested in initiating environmental improvement projects in their buildings.
Find like-minded residents to team up with. Consider setting up a “conservation committee” or “green team” to identify options and develop proposals for improving the building’s environmental performance.
Do the research. Collect data to make your case. Estimate the costs and spell out the benefits of implementing the environmental practice.
Look for “low-hanging fruit.” When you’re first getting started, it may be easier to get buy-in from building management (or Board of Directors if you live in a condominium) to implement changes that do not have a large price tag, such as switching to high efficiency light bulbs in the common areas of the building.
Make your case in writing and include supporting evidence.
Identify grants and rebates available that can reduce the cost of the investment.
- Educate other residents about the initiative. Create signs, send emails, post on your building’s Facebook page, write articles for the building’s newsletter.