On Earth Day, we not only celebrate the glorious provisions that the earth provides, but we also celebrate the people and companies that work to improve the environment. While politicians, activists, and non-profit groups may be at the forefront of these environmental efforts, groups of everyday people are doing their part too. For instance, apartment communities across the U.S. are making big, green changes. Check out seven apartment community green efforts that are trending across the country. Is your apartment building joining in?
Green Effort #1: Community Gardens
Community gardens can be found at apartments in Philadelphia, Newark, and many other cities. One property management company even offers residents a piece of earth to grow their own organic vegetables, herb gardens, and fresh flowers.
Green Effort #2: Rooftop Garden Parks
An apartment/condo community in Kansas City, Missouri, features a private rooftop garden park, six stories above downtown. Lawn chairs and cabanas are interspersed with beautiful trees, plush grass, and seasonal plant life, giving apartment residents a sweet escape from the bustling city below…not to mention the perfect place for their next summer shindig!
Green Effort #3: Acres-Wide Green Space
Pet parks are getting bigger in size and popularity! A luxury apartment community in Bowling Green, Kentucky, offers a massive 5-acre green space for people and their pets to play.
Green Effort #4: Professional Trash Valet & Recycling Programs
Many apartment communities offer trash valet and recycling programs, such as those offered by Invisible Waste Services. This means cleaner breezeways in the apartment building, less trash in the landfills, and more recyclables in their proper place.
Green Effort #5: Solar Panels
An apartment community in Bowling Green Township, Pennsylvania has solar panels on the rooftop of its buildings to help produce energy for the property. It also features energy-saving appliances to help residents save on monthly electric bills. Less energy used, less energy wasted!
Green Effort #6: Composting Programs
In California, communities with more than five units are required to cycle their organic waste. So when you see the lawn being mowed or hedges being trimmed, you can rest easy knowing that that green waste is going to be used for organic composing programs. How encouraging!
Green Effort #7: Apartment-Wide Recycling Initiatives
Many apartment communities offer their residents recycling bins for plastic, glass, and cardboard, but not all. Some buildings haven’t jumped on board Captain Planet’s fight for our earth. For apartment communities without recycling programs, city and state governments urge residents to get involved.
“While establishing an apartment recycling program is the responsibility of the property manager or property owner, apartment residents have a role in encouraging and assisting their landlord to offer this service,” says Ohio’s Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District.
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