We care about our community and want to do our best to take care of it.
We are constantly looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and give back to our community.
Our Efforts Include:
Recycling with Pedal Power
We offer recycling at 8 of the properties we manage. Pedal Power is a local business we use that picks up our recycling, on their bikes! www.bloomingtonpedalpower.com
H2H (Hoosier to Hoosier Recycling)
We support this amazing program by providing storage space and working to inform each of our residents to keep unwanted items left behind out of landfills and into the hands of people who could use them. This includes clothing, furniture and other items. www.indiana.edu/~h2h
Support Local Business
We support our local co-op grocery and provide our new residents with a reusable shopping bag and co-op goodies when they move in. When purchasing gifts and thank-you's for our residents, we purchase locally. We support local restaurants, artists and merchants in Bloomington. www.localfirstindiana.org
We use compact fluorescent bulbs wherever and whenever possible; and purchase energy star appliances and fixtures. Also, we replace HVAC filters routinely to help with the efficiency of the unit.
We have reduced the lawns in our properties and replaced them with native flowers, trees and shrubs that support habitat. Currently, three of our properties are registered with the NWF as Certified Wildlife Habitats. www.nwf.org/Get-Outside.aspx
Bicycle Friendly Properties
We offer free bicycle storage at many of our properties, and most of our downtown properties are centrally located making your bike the only transportation you need.
Chemical-free Lawn Care
We do not use any chemicals on our residential lawns for weed control or lawn support. Also, we do not spray or use routine pest control spraying in any of our properties.
We send out tips and reminders to residents to help them use their heating and air conditioning efficiently.
We have greatly reduced the amount of carpeting used in our residential properties and replaced with a hard surface. This greatly reduces the amount of carpet that needs to be replaced and/or cleaned annually, preventing unnecessary carpet in a landfill and chemicals in the ground water.
Last year we began experimenting with capturing rain water and using it to water our flower beds. Our initial attempt proved to be very fruitful and this year we will be expanding our initiative by adding three more barrels.