Earth Day 2017 is approaching - is your commercial property "going green" for sustainability in the near future?
Many of us in the real estate industry consult on commercial listings, valuations, and more. What makes a property appealing? What makes it innovative?
Now that spring 2017 is in full force, many business campuses are considering upgrading to more sustainable technology. Colleges and universities around the USA have already begun to reduce their energy footprint using new developments in solar panel technology and solar charging stations.
For example, TheConnecTable.com is compiling a list of ideas that can be used to "Go Green" this year. These ideas can apply to both "green" schools and businesses alike. They are looking for contributions to the list. Get your name out there and suggest some from a realtor's perspective!
They have recently introduced solar charging stations that are ideal for your business campus.
Are you doing everything you can to increase the value of your property, or to wow potential buyers or partners? Are you taking the next step toward a more sustainable future?
Here's a quick list of things you can do with friends and family, outside of the work environment.
Simple Ideas To Celebrate Earth Day
If you are wondering what you can do to celebrate Earth Day this year you should not worry because there are many simple ideas that you can choose from. You do not have to spend a lot of money to celebrate the day and this would actually go against the whole idea. These simple ideas are something that you can do on your own or share with your family to teach your children about the importance of the Earth.
Take A Hike
One of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day is to get in touch with nature. Taking a hike is a great experience and will let you get in touch with the natural rhythms of the world. Of course, this is not an appealing idea for everyone and if you are one of these people then you should try a different outdoor activity. You could go kayaking or on a bike ride because the point is to get outside and enjoy nature.
Do A Home Energy Audit
If you do not have the time to go one a hike or kayaking then you could do something in your home. Completing an energy audit will help you identify where you use the most energy in your home and what you could do to reduce this. Nothing says that you care about the planet more than ensuring that the amount of fossil fuels you use are low.
Get In Touch on Environmental Issues
The original Earth Day was started by Gaylord Nelson who was a senator from Wisconsin. He wanted to mobilize protests to demand environmental justice in the post-Vietnam era. This is why Earth Day would be a great time to get in touch with your local authorities about environmental issues because you will be staying close to the original meaning of the day.
This is a great video on sustainable campuses:
Plant A Tree
One of the most common ways to celebrate Earth Day is to plant a tree. This is one of the best ways to give back to the planet and to other people. You could look at planting a tree in your own garden or you could look for a group who will be planting trees to celebrate Earth Day.
Volunteer With A Charity
Earth Day is a great day to volunteer to help the planet through the work that countless charities do. Some charities will look at raising money for environmental justice while others will have volunteers clean up rivers or teaching classes. If you are not sure about what you want to do you should look at your local charities and what they have to offer.
Celebrating Earth Day is something that thousands of people do each year and you can easily join in. You could celebrate the day by getting in touch with nature through a hike or going kayaking. You can also complete a home energy audit which will help you protect the planet in the long-term. Charities also allow you to volunteer on Earth Day to help the planet in a number of ways.