Kermit had it right - it ISN'T easy being green!

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty - The Steven Chicoine Team

 

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kermitKermit sure had it right - it DEFINITELY is not easy being "green", especially in a career  that requires marketing (translation: lots and lots of paper), driving (translation: showings, fuel consumption), electronic tools (translation: computers, cell phones, PDA's).  So as an admittedly un-green realtor, what can I do, both personally and professionally, to color me green?  I posted this article a couple of years ago, and in reading through, it realize not much has changed!  In honor of "Earth Day", I am recycling this blog!

embarrassed I'll be honest - I am not "green".  Heck, I'm not even in the color spectrum of green, or olive, or pea soup.  But I admit it - it is time.  So this is a great chance to do a little research and see what simple steps I can take, without turning everyday life upside down.

mailStep 1: take a look around the house. See all the mail piled up on the table? Get off the mailing list of every credit card company out there!  I don't know about you, but the amount of paper that enters my house on a daily basis is substantial.  Here is a link you can visit to get off the mailing lists:  https://www.dmachoice.org/dma/member/regist.action

Take a minute to read through the page - there is a lot of useful information there that you can implement.  And don't forget folks - we are guilty of contributing to that mass of paper.  I know I am....so a take a careful look and review your mailing list.  I can't tell y ou how many other agents send me Just Listed flyers - or a free CMA coupon.  Newsflash:  I can do my own market analysis, thank you anyway!

bananaStep 2: think about composting.  I used to get annoyed when my husband would set up a little bucket on the kitchen counter and start tossing things in.  He had the right idea - but the bad thing was, he just didn't research it.  He figured a few days, take it out to the bin he built outside - well, think about it - ugh, it would start to smell! Obviously, it comes down to not being lazy.  A smaller container, one that is taken to a bin daily would make more sense. Composting is an important step - but for reasons different than I originally thought.  Here's what I found out at this link: http://www.resourceconservation.mb.ca/cap/why.html .  It states that over 35% of household waste is compostable! That number is extraordinary!  I always thought one should compost to enrich the soil for a garden, and that was the main redeeming value of it.  The truth of the matter is, one of the biggest benefits is that composting saves in the cost of transporting of our waste materials to the dump!

trashStep 3: How many cell phones have you gone through in the last few years?  Think  about it - I know I have at least 3 buried in a drawer, and am not sure what to do with them.  Here's a statistic that the EPA came up with in 2005: over 700 million cell phones went out of use that year, which adds up to about well over 65 tons of garbage alone.  And that was then - I didn't find a more current stat, but am sure it is well over that number. (visit this link for more information: http://www.eco-cell.org/cellwaste.asp#scope ) So what to do?  A quick visit to Google provides various methods to put those cell phones to good use.  One example is at http://www.charitablerecycling.com/CR/home.asp . I guess that is one step I can do immediately!

 map4: Plan well for showings.  Thank goodness for Google Maps, Mapquest, and our navigation systems!  A logistical, well-planned route is key - not just for your sanity, but if you are one of the many real estate agents driving an SUV, gas mileage as a tax-write off needs to take a back-seat to being green.  I traded mine in for a Matrix, and wish I had taken it one step further for a Prius!  But 33 miles to the gallon - I can at least feel good about that.

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 There are so many other things we can do, and we need to do.  Stewardship of this planet we call home is in our hands.  I, for one, have been lazy, and that is no excuse.  So - a few bins in my garage taking up space- so what? A few phone calls to the right companies, and my paper waste will diminish as well as my electronic waste. Just a few steps along the path to "green", but important steps that will add up if most of us do the same.  Good luck, and maybe we can get Kermit to change his tune and sing that it's EASY to be green.

 

Liz Foley, Town Square Realty Group, 207-324-2860,  Sanford ME

 

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I am amazed sometimes at the planning (?) I've seen some agents do - I can't be wasting my time, never mind gas like that! My area is huge compared to more compact city-type areas.  Myself - I've done the "lost soul" bit and hate the feeling - doesn't take long to convince me that logistical planning is important! Thanks for reading! Liz
Mar 19, 2007 01:28 PM #70
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I didn't realize green was a subject Realtors cared for.  Looking at some of these comments there are some sceptics too. 

Growing up in England I grew up with the effort to reduce waste and not be excessive, so being green is a natural extension.  I only buy what is necessary.  I would rather buy half the amount from a more expensive local retailer than twice as much junk from a pile it high national retailer-no names here!

I bought a Honda Civic Hybrid just before Katrina when they were available and am very happy with the performance and love the 46MPG.

In fact I did a piece advertizing "selling homes at 46 MPG"  I might even continue this with another blog. 

I'm certainly going to venture into the green realtor department now!!  Next we'll have an anti war blog!

Mar 19, 2007 03:09 PM #71
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Carl Guild
Carl Guild & Associates - East Hampton, CT
Central Connecticut Real Estate
Its funny you post this, I think about it everyday I am in the office making copies and printing stuff. I need to take a serious look at my habits and find a way for more conservaton. Thank you Liz!
Mar 19, 2007 04:26 PM #72
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Hi Carl - yes, we care, but not often outwardly.  I have been remiss, and entering this contest, I found out a few daunting facts that make me step back a bit.  And a lot of the comments have had other factoids in them that will help us all.

Guy - I used to print every listing a person wanted to see and use that as my day's guide when setting up showings.  Invariably, I would set it aside, or forget where I put it, and guess what - I'd print again!  Now I organize better to eliminate that from happening.  I still print the listings and make my comments on it - that's an ingrained habit - but they now are put weekly in a notebook so that I won't lose track!

Thanks! Liz

Mar 20, 2007 06:22 AM #73
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Michele Glavanovits
RE/MAX Affiliates - Naperville, IL

Congrats on your Featured Posts.  Great Links and information.

Michele

Mar 20, 2007 12:42 PM #74
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Michele Glavanovits
RE/MAX Affiliates - Naperville, IL

Congrats on your Featured Posts.  Great Links and information.

Michele

Mar 20, 2007 12:42 PM #75
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Thanks Michelle - it was fun to do! Liz
Mar 20, 2007 01:04 PM #76
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Thanks Michelle - it was fun to do! Liz
Mar 20, 2007 01:04 PM #77
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Sara Goodwin
Ashcroft & Associates - Portland, OR
Portland, Oregon Appraiser
A great post, Liz!  It made me thing of our local 'Free Geek' and it looks like they're growing, too! Unfortunately, it doesn't look like they take cell phones at this time... but here's a list of what they do take.  I went there last month for the first time in a while to drop off some computer equipment and was amazed at how busy they were!
Mar 20, 2007 02:04 PM #78
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Hi Sara - I checked out that site - I hope they come our way - looks like they do something right!  I especially like the "donate time for a refurb computer idea".  Great for some families without the capital to purchase a new one.  Thanks for reading! Liz
Mar 20, 2007 02:16 PM #79
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Christy Powers
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Pooler, GA
Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent
Great post. I agree. IT's crazy how much we waste. 
Mar 20, 2007 04:08 PM #80
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Shane Leady
Apella Business Solutions - Zolfo Springs, FL
Great Post - Good Topic.  Currently the biggy for this office is to be paperless.
Mar 21, 2007 12:54 PM #81
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Thanks Christy and Shane - my new big beef?  We don't have a paper bin at our office for excess paper waste - guess we should get a shredder and do it right.  Liz
Mar 21, 2007 01:09 PM #82
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Dena Stevens Coriz
Rocky Mountain Realty - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004
Congrats Liz!
Mar 07, 2008 09:34 AM #83
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Darcie Pelsor
Oregon First Real Estate - Portland, OR

This is a great post. I am a realtor and have always been an environmentalist. It is really exciting to see the green movement becoming so popular. This is what it takes to get things done! I do worry about the lasting effect and hope that it isn't just a passing trend.

Because caring for the earth is so important to me, I share my efforts with my clients and on my webpage. I think people (especially in Portland) want to do business with like-minded people.

A blurb from my website:

"I drive a fuel efficient vehicle and reduce my driving by consolidating trips. I recycle, buy products made from recycled materials, and support local businesses whenever possible. My office is powered by 100% renewable energy. I reduce my paper consumption by using online bill pay, automatic deposits, and electronic correspondence throughout each transaction. I choose to use title companies, lenders and other businesses making a conscious effort to preserve the earth's natural resources."

I would love to hear more about what other realtors are doing to reduce their carbon footprint!

Mar 07, 2008 09:58 AM #84
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Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI
This is good advice and well written. You deserved to win. Thanks for the inspiration.
Mar 12, 2008 11:06 AM #85
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Liz Foley
Keller Williams Realty - The Steven Chicoine Team - Sanford, ME
Cheerfully serving your real estate needs!
Thanks so much Darcie and Wayne - I appreciate the kudos! Liz
Mar 12, 2008 01:17 PM #86
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Blowing Rock Investment Properties - Blowing Rock, NC

What a wonderful inspired post. I can totally relate!

Mar 12, 2009 06:29 AM #87
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

How fun that janeAnne provided a link to this winning post.  The same list applies today but we could add a few more things.  I just got a Prius in November and LOVE it!

Mar 13, 2009 04:15 AM #88
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Liz Foley
Keller Williams Realty - The Steven Chicoine Team - Sanford, ME
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Thanks so much!  Hard to believe it has been 2 years since I wrote that post!  What a difference a year (or two) makes.  It was a fun post to write.  Maybe I should get off my duff and do more, huh?  Thanks again! Liz

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