Going green can be difficult in this modern era when extreme energy and water consumption is so easy to engage in. CCRE is committed to being as sustainable as possible, and we want you to be, too. Our projects are characterized as “urban infill” because we revamp under utilized buildings. Here are some of the ways we incorporate green living in our buildings:
-Energy star windows
-Energy Star appliances
-Low VOC products
CCRE feels we have a duty to the community, as well as to our clients. We build with sustainably managed materials.
Calculating your carbon footprint is a great way to understand how you are personally contributing to environmental degradation, and what you can do to change it. This quiz is comprehensive, but quick. I completed it, and need to make some changes!
An easy way to reduce your carbon footprint is to be conscious of your electricity usage. Unplugging your appliances and turning off your lights when you are not in a room are basic. Installing energy efficient light bulbs, and heating and cooling your home or condo to a reasonable temperature will minimize your footprint. Purchase energy efficient appliances. While it may seem like a splurge sitting next to the less expensive washing machine, purchasing an energy star washing machine, for instance, will pay for itself with a few utility bill savings. If helping the environment is not motivation enough, consider your bank account and the utility savings that are a result of energy consciousness.
Buy local! There are some great farmer’s markets near CCRE’s properties that can make for delicious food, sustainable habits, and a nice weekend activity. Buying local often not only means healthier food, but energy is saved on shorter transport.
Certain foods require a lot of water to grow. For instance, a 1/3 lb burger typically takes 660 gallons of water to produce. Did you know it takes significantly less water to produce a grape than to produce a walnut? In your home, install low flow toilets and showerheads. Once again, this will reduce your water bill as well. Win, win.
Consumer Goods ~
Maybe surprisingly, items such as clothing and furniture can have a large impact on your carbon footprint. As a clotheshorse, I contribute to more carbon emissions due to my support of the manufacturing and transport of apparel. Buy durable items that you will have to replace less often, and can be donated if you decide to change your look or home décor.
Think about how many miles a week you drive in your car and what your car’s gas mileage is. Consider how often you utilize your city’s public transit systems. Then ponder how many hours you spend being told to fasten your seatbelt on a plane each year. Public transit is generally a more efficient choice than driving. Take the metro and then walk or bike the rest of the way. It is good exercise, and may save you time, considering DC traffic. You also do not have to worry about parking!
Flying is also a very inefficient way to travel. Road trip instead, or plan a staycation and relax at a nearby hotel instead of heading out to a west coast beach this summer.