Allen Properties Going Green
Allen Properties one of the leading professional apartment management companies in Southern California, and also a leader in rental housing efforts aimed at being “green”.
Allen Properties green initiatives focus on 3 major areas; energy, water & waste. They have replaced common area incandescent lighting with fluorescent energy efficient lighting, and all units turns feature interior CFL lights. Old, inefficient toilets have been replaced with new, high efficiency units to preserve Southern California’s scarce water resources. They have also implemented a portfolio wide program to provide recycling bins at every community possible. In addition, Allen Properties has recently participated in planting trees in local parks surrounding many of the properties in our portfolio. They are purchasing Energy Star appliances, and have created community gardens and orchards at select locations.
Allen Properties will continue to search for additional ways to be “green” to reduce their carbon footprint on the planet. Be sure to look for the “Green Effort Community” signs at our properties.
Energy Efficient Lighting
Allen Properties has consistently identified old, inefficient, incandescent lights for replacement with either CFL or High Pressure Sodium lighting at all communities. This portion of the “green” effort started years ago as they diligently moved the properties toward a more efficient use of electricity. All properties are now using CFL’s in common areas, porches and inside our units. The EPA estimates that if every American home replaced just one light bulb with an energy efficient CFL, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year.
Several efforts are being made to reduce water consumption across the Allen portfolio. The most major water saver has been through the replacement of new low flush toilets. All of the old toilets, using twice the water to flush, have been replaced with 1.6 gallon toilets. This will save thousands of gallons when we consider the number of new toilets now in place throughout their portfolio.
Allen Properties is also beginning to utilize satellite information to drive our landscape watering patterns at test locations. As this system is perfected, it will be considered for other properties.
Tree Planting in Riverside, CA
Allen Properties is a consistent participant in the on-going tree planting program initiated by the Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful Committee, supported by the City of Riverside in California. Annual donations have been made for each unit managed in the City of Riverside in 2009. This program is a way for Allen Properties to be a part of beautifying the communities of which they are a part. Just one tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles.
Allen Properties has initiated a campaign to bring recycling bins to every property in their portfolio. Their partnerships with waste companies such as Burttec, Waste Management, and Athens Services allow their 7,000 residents to participate in this green effort. As a result of these recycling efforts, they have cut the cost of trash disposal for ownership, and have enabled thousands of families to participate in the recycling effort that is so important to our planet. Already, Allen Properties communities have diverted thousands of pounds of recycling away from our landfills and back into the product cycle.
Did you know…
- That every glass bottle recycled saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours?
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television, or operate a computer for three hours?
- Recycling a four-foot stack of newspapers saves the equivalent of one 40-foot fir tree?
- An Aluminum beverage can go from recycling bin to the retail shelf in as few as 60 days?
Energy Star Appliances
Allen Properties is an official partner with Energy Star. This partnership represents our commitment to protect the environment through the improvement of our energy performance. Allen Properties has identified Energy Star appliances as their preferred purchase for all dishwashers, air conditioning units and washing machines in select locations. These are quality appliances that provide maximum efficiency for our residents.
Community Gardens & Orchards
Select properties within the portfolio feature a community garden and/or orchard. Orange, lemon and lime trees have been planted in community orchards. In addition, residents have planted tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, pumpkins and spices in the gardens. These communities use a portion of the landscaped area to generate fruit and vegetables that can be harvested on-site. Home grown fruits and vegetables is one step closer to sustainability, and a greener planet.
Fluorescent Bulb Disposal
Allen Properties has contracted with Mercury Disposal Systems to correctly dispose of all used metal halide, high pressure sodium, and fluorescent lighting at each of their 50+ communities. These bulbs contain a small amount of mercury and must be disposed of correctly. Our maintenance teams diligently collect and package the lighting for Mercury Disposal Systems to pick up and dispose of correctly. Bulbs of this nature are improperly disposed of every day, but not by Allen Properties.
This is another example of how Allen Properties is striving toward excellence in caring for our planet’s environment.
Enviro Step Carpet Padding
Allen Properties uses a carpet padding product that is made with 100% recycled urethane trim and is 100% recyclable. This carpet pad is comfortable under foot, reduces noise and even provides insulation and reduces energy loss. The binder used in this carpet pad is a natural organic material, reducing the reliance on petroleum based products. The carpet pad is hypoallergenic and it contains no CFC’s. This Enviro Step carpet pad is the right choice for the future and the right choice for Allen Properties.