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Taking the Lead Condo Leaders Uniquely Positioned to Make Green Impact

Keeping up with soaring energy costs has nearly everyone scrambling to make some changes. Unit owners are driving less, turning out lights, and keeping a close eye on the thermostats.

But when it comes to reducing energy use and enacting conservation measures at the condominium level, the board itself and property manager have a chance to exert the biggest impact.

Due to their leadership positions and power over purchases and practices, green-leaning leadership can make all the difference at a condominium.

While the idea of adopting greener practices at the condominium has a natural constituency, the truth is that green practices may not receive overwhelming support until all residents can see some sort of financial gain.

Ellen Kaplan, property manager at Whittier Place in Boston, admits that while making changes that “are ecologically sound is a good thing in and of itself, we are also constantly looking at ways to save money. It’s the return on investment that really gets everyone’s attention.” As a property manager, it is one of her tasks to come up with projects that hopefully, will accomplishboth: “You’ve got to make a good case to your board members both fiscally and environmentally in order to get things to happen.”

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