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  • Dipping My Toes—and Phone—In the 21st Century

    I went kayaking with a few friends the day it reached 106 degrees in Washington, D.C. (mistake No. 1). As I awkwardly climbed into my boat with the grace of a baby fawn learning how to use its legs, the 12-year-old boy by the docks assured me my possessions would be safe—and dry—in a spot in back of the kayak. He seemed wise and weathered beyond his years, so I trusted him (mistake...
  • Recycling E-Waste in Your Multifamily Community

    According to the EPA, e-waste (electronic waste) amounted to 2.37 million short tons in 2009. The same year, only 25 percent of e-waste that was ready for end-of-life management was collected for recycling.  Hazardous materials, like mercury, lead, and cadmium, contaminate soil and water, and many states require that e-waste is processed and disposed properly. Many residents have lots of e...
  • Animal House

    Last year, my roommate and I agreed that should one of us unexpectedly get run over by a bus or killed in a kitchen fire because someone (Stephanie) forgot to unplug the George Foreman grill, the survivor would immediately destroy a box containing all of their friend’s most embarrassing, private and objectionable personal items.   That’s not to say I’m hiding a Polaroid...
  • Community and Technical Colleges Offer Wealth of Job Talent, Training Resources

    At last month’s education conference in Boston, we served as host for representatives from several community and technical colleges. We invited them to the conference to learn more about our industry and to explore ways in which all of us might work together to train apartment industry employees and to develop a pipeline of skilled talent for the apartment industry. They came from a wide...

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