Maintaining the common elements involves more than simply reconstructing an existing component and restoring it to its original condition. We've seen tremendous improvements in materials and procedures over the past few years that reduce the cost of maintenance as well as the association's consumption of energy.
Sustainable communities are regenerative, meaning they have "processes that restore, renew or revitalize their own sources of energy and materials, creating sustainable systems that integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature.
A core purpose of community associations should be to create sustainable practices and approaches, even in communities without "green" language in their covenants. Community associations exist to improve members' quality of life because they offer choices, lifestyles, amenities and, most importantly, efficiencies that people value. Architects, landscape architects and developers initially conceived community associations as places where residents could share resources, thereby saving each member the cost of building amenities themselves such as pools, tennis courts, fitness facilities and recreational activities.
Out of the community association concept came the sustainable idea of saving energy and resources.
What programs have your communities implemented to reduce their carbon footprint, conserve energy, and//or otherwise protect the earth's diminishing natural resources?
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