Environmentally Friendly Management

Though there are things you can do to green up your property and be more environmentally friendly- there is one way that you can let your prospective tenants know you care is to become certified.

What this tells your tenants is that you are not only aware of the trends towards more eco-friendly practices but you care about them. This is also one of the best ways that the community in which you practice business knows you’re serious about being more responsible.

The National Apartment Association Education Institute offers a lot of different resources, in respect to not only this, but many other things you may need to know. This organization, combined with the National Affordable Housing Management Association provides the certification program and the credential for Green Property Management. This course will educate you on green building principles and practices, established guidelines and also offers more training that can help you to be more on board with modern techniques.

The benefits are more than just being able to have an edge over your competition. In addition to helping further your education in respect to things you can do to help better the planet- you’ll also be attracting like minded prospective tenants. This is something that a lot of people care about and with more weight being placed on businesses to go green: it’s not something you want to pass up.

The requirements to get the credential are that you complete at least 8 cumulative hours in the following areas:

  • Green Building Principles and Practices Overview

  • Energy Efficiency

  • Water Efficiency

  • Integrated Pest Management

  • Indoor Air Quality

  • Green Operations and Maintenance


For a total of 16 hours in all topics, also including:

  • Green Site Landscaping, Xeriscape, Composting, etc.

  • Green Building Systems

  • Alternative Energy Sources (Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Combined Heat and Power, Co-generation)

  • Energy Star (including indoor and outdoor lighting) and WaterSense Programs

  • Recycling and Waste Reduction

  • Resident Green Education


As you can see, the areas that the certification covers are more than just environmentally friendly, they’re also extremely practical things that can help save you money in the long term.

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