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  • Sustainability at the National Apartment Association’s Conference

    As you read a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of presenting on the topic of green apartment units at the National Apartment Association’s (NAA) annual Education Conference in Boston at the end of June. We had a great turnout for our education session and the conference was pretty informative, so I thought I’d share my experience. Our presentation covered various topics such as what a...
  • 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 No. 2)....
  • 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-waste...
  • 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 of an indecent encounter...

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