Minneapolis/St. Paul Residential “GO GREEN” Living In Urban Condo Real Estate
When you are looking to buy a condo or loft in the Minneapolis-St. Paul and/or the surrounding areas, you may want to think about the advantages of sustainability and green living.
When I think of green living in residential real estate the following comes to mind; conserving water & energy, LEED Certification/construction, green residential condos/homes, recycling & using recycling materials, green community neighborhood space, utilizing public transportation, buy locally grown produce & products, and preserving our natural resource/environment in an eco-friendly manner for future generations.
If you are ready to start living “GREEN” there are three important factors; Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
Consider a home energy audit.
- Use low volatile organic compounds (VOC) paints
- Purchase Energy Star appliances & mechanical systems
Sustainability: Ride a bicycle, walk, or utilize the city public transportation to reduce the amount of pollution and green gas emissions.
Use less/reduce waste. Think about this. How many times have you purchased food or clothes and then ended-up not using them? Do you ask yourself? Do I really need all these items? Is less actually more?
The City of Minneapolis and St. Paul has neighborhood organic grocery stores and co-op with local grown food in which you can purchase eco-bags. The organic grocery bags are reusable bags.
Do you currently have items such as clothing, toys, and furniture not in use collecting dust? You may want to donate these items to the Good Will, Salvation Army, Veterans Administration Donation Center, Lupus, and/or Courage Center.
The construction materials used in building or remodeling green homes make a lot of difference. Consider recycled materials, or locally-sourced materials for increased sustainability. Materials considered green include cork, baked soil, engineered wood, bamboo, and straw, among others.
Conserve Water for Irrigation & Gardening-Install rain barrels for the purpose of reusing the water for a sustainable organic garden, to reduce storm water run-off and also to recycle rain water for irrigation.
Utilize recycling centers. There are waste management companies who offer residential recycling services. You will need to check with your municipality or city pertaining to recycling services offered, a list of acceptable materials, and also a pick-up schedule. Examples of recycled materials are cardboard materials, paper products, cans, and bottles. Also, you will find some cities have recycle facilities in which you can drop-off old or damaged tires, batteries, electronics, and appliances.
L.E.E.D. is an abbreviation for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design
L.E.E.D-U.S. Green Building Council
RE/MAX Results-Shannon Lindstrom is a National Association of REALTORS® GREEN Designee