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Sustainability Ideas for New Tenants

· Scott Safadi,Cal Bay Property,San Mateo,Palo Alto California,sunnyvale

New tenants offer new opportunities. Not only do you have a fresh start to form a new relationship, you also have the chance to get them on board with new habits. By slowly encouraging each new tenant to live a little greener, you can start a sustainability legacy that lives on long after each tenant moves on! Cal Bay Property Management's Scott Safadi was recently recognized for his efforts to make upgrades around a San Mateo apartment community more sustainable. Whether you invest in such upgrades or simply encourage more environmentally friendly behaviors from tenants, the benefits are worth it.

Get started by urging new tenants to use only green cleaning products in their new apartment. It's one of the easiest ways to encourage a sustainable lifestyle. Not only are all-natural products like vinegar and baking soda excellent, environmentally-friendly options, they're also incredibly affordable! Tenants will love the chance to save their hard-earned cash.

Another great way to live green and save money? Buy gently used furniture instead of brand new couches, tables and chairs. Craigslist furniture isn't just for college students any more! Consignment shops offer quality furniture for significant price reductions. Of course, the environmental benefits can't be discounted, either. Think of how much pollution is created by chopping down a tree to create a table, plus all that comes with the manufacturing and shipping of the final product. Save money and the planet by opting for used furniture instead.

Encourage new residents to begin recycling their cans, bottles and cardboard after they move in, too. It costs only a few moments of their time to sort out these items from the rest of their garbage. Of course, this requires work on the part of the property management staff, too. If you don't already have a functioning recycling program in your community, there's never been a better time to start one!

- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management

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