This month's feature article is about OSHA's Mandatory Globally Harmonized System Training. Is your organization on track for being compliant on December 1st? With AGPOM's Risk Management Center your organization has access to the required GHS training. Watch the orientation video or participate in the interactive demo to get started. Also in this month's issue read about Risk Management Solutions to reduce losses, Green Apartments vs. Greenwashing and our featured AGPOM Member - Belmar. We hope that this month's "Eek-O tip" will get you into the seasonal "spirit" and that you all enjoy a Green Halloween!
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      The Association of Green Property Owners and Managers Newsletter

Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Training:

Is Your Property Ready For The December Deadline?




Achieve OSHA Compliance with a Comprehensive GHS Training Course


OSHA has adopted the international Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.


The mandated deadline for all organizations to train all employees on the new requirements is December 1, 2013.


To ensure organizational compliance with GHS Training for all employees under the OSHA "Right to Know" principle.


For more information you watch the overview video to the right.




Our Partner, Succeed Management Solutions is offering a GHS Training Curriculum. You can educate your organization on the new hazard classification, label elements and Safety Data Sheets. Keep employees safe, help to reduce incidents, injuries and the associated costs. The Training is completely integrated with your Risk Management Center Training Track and is available in both English and Spanish.


Click here to view a short, interactive demo.



As the deadline for training employees on the new Globally Harmonized System is fast approaching, please take 90 seconds to respond to the following survey to help us benchmark where we can assist you in your compliance efforts.



For more information please contact Succeed Client Services

at 503.766.6099 or

Inspections, Loss Control Programs Key in Pinpointing Hazards, Stemming Losses for Multi-Family Properties

By Annie George
Multi-family properties have a number of common causes of losses that with proactive maintenance, inspection and sound loss control protocols can help identify and address hazardous conditions before accidents and injuries occur. In having a sound risk management program in place, property owners can gain further control over losses while educating tenants, property managers and others on initiatives that can help prevent these common causes of losses.

Fires are a common cause at habitational properties, therefore it's important that during inspections potential fire hazards are pinpointed.  Make sure a licensed electrical contractor has inspected the buildings' electrical system and advise your insurer of this.


Water damage is another common cause of loss at multi-family properties, so ensure that roofs, plumbing and appliances are inspected to identify and rectify leaks before they cause damage.


An effective maintenance program will pinpoint any potential problems and allow for repair or replacement of worn or aging hoses and pipes, which if left unattended can result in bursting pipes. Roof maintenance activities should be kept on a regular schedule as well.


The organization's risk management program should be clearly outlined with policies and procedures available throughout the company. Reducing claims through hazard reduction and development of management safety practices is in the interest of everyone involved - the property owner, tenants, and insurance carrier.

For a list of common causes of losses that occur at multi-family units and the steps to implement to help mitigate risks you can read the full article here 

Sustainable Apartments vs. Greenwashing

By Barbra Murray, Contributing Editor for Multifamily Housing News



Greenwashing is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It's akin to whitewashing-the utilization of deceptive words in an attempt to embellish or conceal certain features. Greenwashing simply concerns this practice with regard to environmental friendliness.


The deceptive practice is out there, taking the shape of claims regarding everything from sustainable development to recyclable content. When one knows what to look for, greenwashing is somewhat easy to identify.


TerraChoice Environmental Marketing Inc. offers a list of the basic abuses, or what it refers to as "the six sins of greenwashing." The general acts include: the sins of no proof; vagueness; irrelevance; lesser of two evils; hidden trade-off; and perhaps the mother of them all-fibbing.


In the multifamily industry, the open touting of an apartment's environmentally friendly features is a sign of the times. In a 2011 survey of 1,053 renters who had moved within the six months prior to the conducting of the study or were planning to do so within six months, consumer analysis firm Strata Research found that 62 percent of participants responded that having an environmentally friendly apartment was an important factor when choosing a dwelling. And nearly half of those people described environmental friendliness as not just an important factor, but a determining factor.


Residents aren't just looking for centralized recycling bins. They want to know that the paint on the walls is of the low-volatile organic compound variety, that the windows are energy-efficient. The growing demand for green apartments is not lost on owners and developers, who are incorporating sustainable offerings into their properties at increasing levels.


Read the full article here

Featured AGPOM Member:



Contemporary in design, Belmar is rooted in the principles of good urbanism and incorporates a variety of green building and sustainable design elements. The district is one of the most complete integrations of retail, employment, residential and civic/cultural uses in the country. 
Developer Continuum Partners decided to reduce their impact by recycling most of the content of the former Villa Italia Mall on the site and incorporating an array of sustainable strategies, including a 1.7 Mw solar array and a small-scale urban wind farm on the parking lot lampposts! To reduce the ecological strain that results from the development's annual energy use, Belmar installed an array of 8,370 photovoltaic panels. The panels are installed on three parking garages, including the natural foods store, and measure 125,000 SF total.
Belmar combines retailers, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, theatres, offices, residences, artist studios, parks and plazas; all within 22 city blocks. The development includes approximately 5,000 parking spaces in public parking garages, surface lots and street parking. Catering to the urban lifestyle, Belmar's streets, green areas and public art program are designed to encourage pedestrian traffic, promote community building and emphasize the importance of public spaces. Currently, there are more than 80 shops and restaurants open in the development, . Belmar is also home to luxury condos, two educational facilities, more than 250,000 square feet of office tenants. Belmar's mix of commercial and residential offerings continues to evolve.
Often recognized as a national model for sustainable development and smart growth principles, Belmar continues to evolve as an industry leader.
Belmar has been an AGPOM Member
since 2010. 
Learn More about Belmar here
Sources: AIArchitect 


This Month's Eek-O Tip: Seven Tricks 
to Celebrating a Green Halloween
by Michele Berger, an associate editor at Audubon magazine.


This Halloween, the trick-or-treaters will be out in their ghoulish splendor, scoring sugar-laden loot by the bucketful, then wolfing it down piece by chocolaty piece. All that candy generates one serious bellyache-and some serious waste. But celebrating Halloween doesn't have to include every established tradition. This year, why not swap one of them for something a little more eco-friendly, say making your own decorations or mixing up some homemade face paint? Here are seven ways to green your Halloween without giving up any of the fun.


1. Trade costumes with friends. Costumes are only worn on average a few hours total. "Swapping half the costumes kids wear at Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons," says Corey Colwell-Lipson, founder of Green Halloween, a non-profit aimed at making Halloween less harmful to the planet.


2. Cook up face paint in your kitchen. Start with a thick substance like unscented lotion or pure cocoa butter, then add natural food coloring or edible elements: blueberries for blue, beets for red, cinnamon for brown, you get the idea. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics offers recipes.


3. Give candy wrappers a second life. For the craft-minded, take on a project to re-use the wrappers or for a simple solution, send the trash to TerraCycle's Candy Wrapper Brigade. The company, which donates two cents for every waste unit collected, takes wrappers of any size candy and from any brand. Since the Brigade began three years ago, nearly 5.5 million wrappers have been up-cycled instead of heading to a landfill.


4. Get crafty. Spook your neighbors with your spectacular skill. For example, making a candy collector from an empty coffee can. For decorations, get creative: make ghosts from old sheets, tie cobwebs with black yarn, fill empty jars with colored liquid "specimens," or melt down those broken crayons into Jack-o-lantern molds (pictured) to make new crayons . Get other craft ideas here.


5. Stock up on green candy. No need to give up sweets just to lessen your environmental footprint. There's candy-with-a-cause sold by companies that donate a percentage of profits to charity. Focus on organic and fair trade products, which consider environmental impact, as well as economic and social criteria. Another option is to ditch the treats altogether and instead give out non-food items-something like seed packets or toys made from recycled materials.


6. Use the whole pumpkin. Purchase one that's local, preferably from a nearby farmers' market rather than the grocery store. When carving the orange globe, save the innards and seeds for eating, and at the holiday's end, compost the gourd. 


7. Toss out routine. Try reverse trick-or-treating, a Global Exchange program where children give out fair-trade candy or a note explaining the initiative. Or plan a progressive Halloween with stops at several homes. "Go to each house and have one activity and one treat." For example, drink apple cider and play pass the pumpkin, then move on to the next place for different food and fun.


No matter how big or small your sweet tooth, there's a shade of green for you this Halloween.


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