Recently we posted some tips for negotiating your way into an eco-friendly apartment. Did you know landlords can actually be certified green? Here's what it entails and how you can find one, or get certified yourself!
While the topic of green certification is probably not on the radar of most landlords or tenants, Chris Thorman says it's a growing trend in his article, Ask Your Landlord About Their Green Property Management Credentials. Thorman points out organizations like the National Association of Realtors (NAR), National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA), and National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI), which offer green training and credentials for property managers. Certification is based on completion of courses on green principles and practices.
Green certification doesn't guarantee that a manager's properties are actually green, but the hope is they are familiar with the issues, know how to respond to and educate tenants, and do actually implement eco-friendly solutions in areas like energy, water, air quality, landscaping, and waste.
To learn more about NAR's Green Designation and find a Green Designee in your area, visit Green REsource Council.
To learn more about the Credential for Green Property Management from NAHMA and NAAEI, visit National Apartment Association.