Jan Green Sustainability and Resiliency
The Zoom call for the week of 11/15 was presented by ActiveRain member, Jan Green. Her presentation was on the recent NAR course she had taken:
Intro to Sustainability and Resiliency
The course, which is free from NAR, was well presented by Jan Green, who is a well-known and very committed EcoBroker.
The course consists of 3 modules:
Speaking Confidently about Sustainability
Knowing How Sustainability Affects Buyers
Taking Sustainable Action
Stainability, as defined by the course, is represented by 3 P's:
People, Planet and Profit
People is represented by healthy buildings and environment. By making a building healthy, lowering the carbon footprint, it makes the people that live there as well as the planet healthier.
By making a change to the building, it helps the planet, and if done properly it can also be profitable. as it lowers electrical costs.
This is fair housing in Sustainability as it represents equal opportunity and access to all and access to the same degree pr protection from environment and health hazards.
Providing equal access to decision making for a healthy environment.
Sustainability Starts with your Own House
Reducing our electric bill is a start to Sustainability. It starts with an energy audit to obtain a list of areas in the home that would reduce costs, ad addressing each as the budget allows.
Light Bulbs is the easiest and can offer an immediate reduction in footprint. LED bubs use less electricity ad can last up to 10 years.
Checking insulation and drafts is a second method.
Smart Thermostats is also useful.
Water saving water heaters also are helpful.
Treat all people fairly. This starts by asking proper questions when doing a meeting with a prospective seller or buyer. This helps to get an appreciation for how and why people live the way they do.
Also, NAR offers Smart Growth Grants to help improve neighborhoods
Friends, Neighbors & Clients. When one does make a change to an energy efficient product, share that with neighbors. Also, share a database of energy pros that you have used or those with whom you are familiar.
Resources: When you do use an energy pro, and the work is successful keep that person as a contact and refer them to others. That person will reciprocate with referrals as well.
Clients, Buyers and sellers These are sites for consumers
RiskFactor.com By plugging an address, risk factors for that address will be offered regarding weather
Climatecheck.com is similar for weather
htpps://noaq.com/en/home This is for flood info
Dsireusa.gov This is a rebates/incentives site
AppraisalInstitute.org offers education on green building
learningEdgeLLC.com This is the site where Jan's green course is hosted
Close the Gap
Address the style and faction of traditional living spaces with a plan for energy efficiency.
Indoor Air Quality
Test the air quality indoors often. This is often more polluted than outside. i.e.Radon
Reduce energy bills for electricity and air conditioning
Smart features that provide automated features making energy management as easy as a press of a button.
Resiliency and Climate Risk in Real Estate
1 in 3 Americans were in counties hit by weather disaster. This was most recently the Hurricane in Florida.
Understand Risk in your Climate Zone
Research local resources (Government & Educational) so one can speak confidentially in public about one's state city and municipality.
NAR's Commitment to Sustainability Plan
NAR has partnered with the National Forest Foundation to plant 1 tree for every member of NAR. That's a total of 1,575,000 trees: NAR Realtor Sustainability
Environment Social Governance Resilience ESGR
This is the standard for companies to be transparent, improve the environment, increase their social commitment.
This is their program to achieve Sustainability through Grants, Research, Publications and Polling.
Again, the class is free and is offered in the 3 modules noted above.
It was an extensive presentation, and the remainder of the call was on examples on how Jan has used her green knowledge to decrease her carbon footprint.
It was rather extensive, and I will offer it in a separate post.
Jan Green Sustainability and Resiliency