Most building owners and managers know "green buildings" bring financial savings from an operations standpoint and boost their company brand image, but did you know it can also help with increased occupancy rates, crime prevention and lowering your insurance costs? Read on to learn more!
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The Association of Green Property Owners and Managers Newsletter


New Featured AGPOM Member:

Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach, Wyndham Grand Resort
Photo via Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach, Wyndham Grand Resort
As a Trip Advisor Platinum Green Leader, this month's featured member, Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach, is every bit sustainable as it is beautiful!
Photo via Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach, Wyndham Grand Resort
Here's how they do it:

Starting with an energy assessment of the buildings, they were able to identify ways for their property to save energy, water, waste and electricity use. The resources used are regularly measured and recorded.

Their buildings have also completed a full waste audit and waste assessment. Currently, over 50%of waste is recycled, reused or composted, including over 90% of flooring, furniture and mattresses.


ENERGY STAR-rated appliances, windows and pool heaters are utilized throughout the resort. To conserve additional energy they set indoor temperatures to 72 F minimum in the summer and maximum in the winter. Installed sensors adjust the temperature when a guest room is empty. South facing overhangs, tree shading and window films are also used to help keep buildings cool and over 25% of the roofs are painted white (aka cool roof) to reflect the heat. All of these green efforts help to reduce the need for air-conditioning. Captured heat from machinery is re-used to heat the buildings (aka waste heat recovery). Additionally, efficient heating/air-conditioning systems have a regular maintenance plan to ensure equipment is working most efficiently.       
Photo courtesy of Hawaii Reporter
Energy-saving lighting controls with sensors have been installed in outdoor areas that automatically turn off lights when they are not needed and over 75% of the interior light bulbs on the property are energy efficient.


To further their environmental commitment event more, the resort is currently pursuing a 300 Kilowatt Solar Electric (PV) system, one of the largest solar projects on the island of Kauai. This million+ dollar project will produce roughly 20% of the south shore property's current electrical power use and will produce an estimated 456,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year! Currently, some of the property's other roofs are planted with vegetation (aka green roofs) which provides insulation for the building and habitat for local wildlife.


Reduced flow shower heads at Koloa Landing
In addition to a standard towel and linen reuse program, water savings are realized through water-efficient faucets, showerheads and toilets in guest bathrooms. Collected rainwater and waste water from sinks is utilized as an alternative water source for fire sprinklers. Outdoors, collected rainwater and condensation are used for watering through smart irrigation sensors that monitor soil conditions.
Sustainable purchasing is a key focus with refillable toiletries dispensers in guest room bathrooms and 100% biodegradable toiletries. Facial and toilet tissue purchased are made with over 50% recycled paper content.
Use of  "Green" certified cleaning products, and low volatile organic compound paints, plus furniture and flooring made with "green characteristics" such as recycled content, renewable energy or salvaged materials sourced locally, help to keep guests comfortable.
Photo courtesy of Koloa Landing

Lush landscaping on the property is maintained with minimal use of herbicides, pesticides, and other chemicals. Integrated

pest management uses non toxic methods (e.g. traps, baits, gels) to control unwanted pests.


Gardens and ponds throughout the property are designed to minimize flooding by collecting rainwater and letting it slowly be absorbed into the ground by using special paving system.


In an effort to reduce waste all yard-debris and biodegradable materials are composted while non- biodegradable disposable food service items (e.g. disposable cups) are recycled. Leftover materials such as toiletries, food, furniture and electronics are donated or re-used. Additionally, all paint, printer cartridges, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and other hazardous materials are safely disposed of.

The key to their success is through staff training. Hotel staff are trained at least once a year on implementing new practices and supporting the existing sustainability efforts.
Learn more about this award-winning resort here
For additional ideas on how to get started greening your property check out AGPOM's Green Property Behavioral Plans!
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Sustainable Buildings Reap Economic Benefits, Attract Renters, and Help Prevent Crime


by Annie George


A new report, "The Green Edge: How Commercial Property Investment in Green Infrastructure Creates Value" from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an international nonprofit environmental organization, reinforces how green infrastructure creates real value.


According to the new report, commercial properties with well-design green infrastructure can reap the rewards of higher rents and property values, increased retail sales, energy savings, local financial incentives (such as tax credits, rebates, and stormwater fee credits), reduced life cycle and maintenance costs, reduced flood damage, reduced water bills, reduced crime, and improved health and job satisfaction for office employees.

In fact, says the report, "green infrastructure and other green building practices are increasingly becoming a quality benchmark for the private sector, because they reflect a developer's commitment to healthier, sustainable communities, while creating measurable value added for property owners and tenants alike."
Following is a brief summary of some of the benefits that green infrastructure can deliver to commercial property owners drawn from data analyzed in several studies:
  • Higher rents, retail sales and property values:
  • Lower Energy Costs
  • Tax Credits, Stormwater Fee Credits, Rebates, and Development Incentives
  • Reduced Flood Damage & Water Bills
  • Help to Deter Crime

Recent research indicates that green infrastructure even has the potential to reduce crime on private properties, especially in urban areas. Crime reduction is associated with specific types of vegetation, such as open space covered with grass and tall trees. Shrubs and bushes, if situated in places that provide places for criminals to hide, have been found to increase crime; however, they can be designed and arranged to minimize impacts on sight lines, providing pleasant places for people to gather and thus improving safety and security.


Overall, numerous studies have found significantly lower rates of property crime, violent crime, graffiti, vandalism, and littering in urban areas with high levels of vegetation, when controlling for other factors. Deterring such crimes can result in significant avoided costs for commercial property owners.


Read the full article here


Note: Another benefit not mentioned in this article is the reduced risk and cost savings sustainable properties can realize through our Green Insurance Partner, Fulcrum Insurance Programs. Click on the links provided and look for more information on this topic in next month's newsletter!


Introducing AGPOM's New Green Property Behavioral Plan!

AGPOM is committed to helping our members with their sustainability efforts.



One of the ways we help property owners and managers begin the effort of environmental-friendly pursuits is through our Green Property Behavioral Plans.


Some of our hotel and resort members, like Koloa Landing, are leading the way in hotel sustainability, and some of our hotel members have just begun efforts to "green" their properties.


Many are under the false impression that Greening your property must entail a high-cost, labor intensive initiative that ties up resources for long periods of time. As such, there are thousands of owners, managers and tenants that are avoiding Green investment. 


The AGPOM Green Property Plans are designed for newcomers to the movement that want to get started, as well as Green veterans interested in leveraging the benefits of AGPOM membership. We simplify the process of Greening your property by outlining specific behavioral changes that will Green your property without causing burdensome interruptions to your everyday business or significant capital investments.


By committing to the guidelines of the plan, AGPOM members are granted Level II Membership status which makes them eligible for the following:


AGPOM staff are currently in the process of completing new plans for Habitational Properties, Retail Properties and a new revision of our current plan for Commercial Office Building Properties. Look for those in upcoming newsletters! 


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Six Eco-Tips for Landscaping
Original article by Donna Kay
Even with the chill still in the air the hope that spring is on the way might get you starting to think about your property's landscaping. Here are some tips on how to make your landscaping more eco-friendly!


Tip # 1 - Use Regionally Native Plants

 Go with regionally native plants for the bulk of your landscaping. Not only will it be easier to maintain, but actually much more cost effective too. Native trees, shrubs and perennials are so much easier to grow which means that maintenance will be reduced. Native plants and grasses are already adapted to their environment and therefore naturally more hardy. Plants that are regional natives are also more eco-friendly with the added bonus of attracting and keeping beneficial insects and native wildlife.


Tip #2 - Proper Tree Placement

Proper placement of the regionally native shade trees is another way to reduce the use of energy used for cooling and heating our buildings. Deciduous trees should be planted on the south side of the building to help cool the building during the hot summer months. After the trees shed their leaves in the fall, the same southern sunlight can help to warm the building during the cold months. Use regionally native evergreens in strategic locations to block cold northern winds to help further reduce energy costs in the winter.


Tip #3 - Reduce Grass and Gas Powered Equipment

Shrink the size of your grassy lawn and use eco-friendly tools to maintain the remaining lawn. Replace as much grassy area as possible with regionally native wildflower meadows or woodland plants. Use Electric or bio-fueled blowers, weed trimmers and hedge trimmers in place of gas powered to further reduce air pollution.


Tip #4 - Eliminate Harmful Pesticides and Chemicals

Without the use of harmful pesticides, often nature will take care of itself. Pesticides destroy the beneficial insects and upset the natural balance of things in the environment. Pesticides and other toxic chemicals also leach into the ground water and pollute it.


Tip #5 - Practice Water Conservation

Use drought-tolerant plants. When watering the most efficient time is early morning. Watering a lawn or garden in the hottest part of the day will cause much of the water to be lost to evaporation from the heat. Also, drip irrigation is by far the most eco-friendly way to water. Capturing rainfall and using grey water are great eco-friendly ways to conserve this precious resource.


Tip #6 - Compost and Recycle

Composting is one of the most economical ways to reduce solid waste and benefit the property's landscape in a very eco-friendly way. All kitchen waste materials, grass clippings and leaves can ideally go into making compost. Ask your local hauler on details of service in your area.


Overall the key is to begin incorporating eco-friendly landscaping ideas into your lawn and garden routines on a continual basis. 


Happy Spring everyone!  


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