Innovative Strategies for Sustainable Multi-family Living

Mar 20, 2012

Gerding Edlen Management goes a step beyond to foster a passion for green living

“Because we have such a passion for developing sustainable buildings, we wanted to ensure we were transferring the vision we have during development into the day to day management of the properties,” says Julia Razonable, Gerding Edlen Management’s Director of Operations.

Leah Etling reports on The Balance Sheet, “As an industry leader in sustainable development, Portland-based Gerding Edlen is a step ahead when it comes to earth-friendly trends in apartment living...A recent event at one of their Portland communities, Cocktails and Compost, brought 100 residents together for drinks, distribution of compost bins, and a tutorial on how to compost at home. Portland has a citywide mandate for single family homes to compost their natural food and yard waste, and Gerding Edlen is fostering that adoption in multifamily complexes, too.”

“It was also our first zero waste event,” Razonable mentioned. “All of the cups, plates, and napkins we used could be composted.”

“Community is everything to us. We want to create a vibrant living space,” Razonable said.  “LEED is still exciting, it’s great. But there are a lot of developers doing sustainable buildings now. I really do believe that what’s pushing the boundaries right now is being able to influence human behavior. I think that’s the next step.”

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