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  • Another One Bites the Dust

    It’s nearly impossible to kill a cactus. They’re like the chill, Southern California dude of the plant world. It’s hard to get them riled up. And yet the cactus in my office was clinging to life but a few weeks ago, deprived of water for so long that pieces of it began giving up and just breaking off.  This does not bode well for my future children, not to mention my wallet. Fortunately, not all...
  • What Has Two Thumbs, Neither of Which Are Green?

    I bought a bonsai tree last winter for my office. Two weeks later, all that remained were the branches. Today, it holds a lone Christmas ornament that I’ve decided to display year-round. I don’t have what you would call a ‘green thumb.’ My inability to care for plants and trees is especially upsetting to my father, who, when he isn’t molding young minds as a middle school English teacher, spends...
  • Landscaping: A Different Kind of Green

    Last July I purchased my first home, and since then I’ve been scouring the place for upgrades that will increase my efficiency to save money long term. I started with easy things like replacing all of the high-flow faucet aerators, swapping out 65 watt incandescent lighting for 9.5 watt LEDs, and replacing the existing appliances from the 90s with ENERGY STAR® qualified models. After all that was...
  • How to Create Desirable Green Apartments Presentation at NAA’s Conference

    I am pleased to announce that I will be moderating a very interesting presentation at the NAA Education Conference & Exposition in San Diego. The presentation, titled Creating Desirable Green Apartments Renters Will Pay More for and Demand, will feature Gretchen Ponts of Strata Research, DeeAnne McClanahan of Greystar Residential, and Steve Sadler of Post Apartment Homes, L.P. on Friday, June...

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