Arbor Housing and Development recently made a commitment to evaluate and reduce our carbon footprint. Arbor looked at each of our business lines in order to see what would be the best way to reduce the impact we have on our environment. While it was no easy task, we are pleased to announce that we have been designated a Neighborworks America Green Organization.
Some of the changes that Arbor implemented as a part of this process were simple. Hanging posters about recycling options, and reminding employees about conserving water and energy took little effort. Others were far more complex, like redesigning forms to reduce the amount of paper consumed. Applications that we had been using were transferred to electronic files which could be filled out and emailed. By implementing this we were able to not only reduce the amount of paper being used, but were also able to provide better customer service to the clients that we serve. From an operational aspect Arbor made some changes, using bathroom soap with out any antibacterial agents all the way up to replacing computer monitors with flat panel displays.
The physical changes would be worthless if we didnt properly inform our staff. Training on "sustainability" has become a regular agenda piece at our employee meetings. Arbor has even begun distributing a bi-weekly newsletter; The Green-a-zine. The newsletter is full of helpful tips to reduce not only the impact our employees have here in the office, but also when they are in their own homes.
Arbor Housing and Development is proud to be one of Neighborworks Americas Green Organizations, and continues to strive to reduce the impact that we have on our environment. Please check out the most recent newsletter below and implement some of the tips into your own "Green" lifestyle.