By Heather Soldonia
The San Francisco Bay area is known for being progressive. In San Francisco we have more than 40 LEED-registered municipal projects in the pipeline, real estate agencies who promote themselves exclusively as “green” and (did I forget to mention…) Berzerkeley.
As real estate agents we use a lot of paper, electric, and energy resources. The following are things you can do to be more environmentally conscious and promote yourself as an Ecopreneur:
- Print Less, Recycle More
- Go Paperless
- Primarily use email and phone for correspondence.
- Use PDF, DocuSign or E-signature for documents.
- Use electronic fax services (i.e. eFax or MetroFax).
- Use PowerPoint presentations instead of handouts.
- Subscribe to online publications instead of hard copy.
- Recycle More
- Use recycled-content paper when you do need to print.
- Print double-sided whenever possible.
- Recycle what you print and/or receive.
- Print your business cards on recycled-content paper.
- Offer clients water in a glass instead of bottled water.
- Go Paperless
- Pull the Plug on Electronics
- Unplug charging devices when not in use.
- Turn off your lights in office and open houses if possible.
- Shut down copy machine and other items in office.
- Eliminate the fax machine by using electronic fax services.
- Recycle ink cartridges from copiers and printers.
- Drive Eco-Friendly
- Plan and Combine Trips – Plan errands in advance for an efficient trip.
- Drive Responsibly – Speeding, quick acceleration, and hard stops increase fuel consumption up to 39 percent.
- Check your Tire Pressure Monthly – The U.S. Department of Energy estimates a 3.3 percent improvement to gas mileage with proper tire pressure.
- Carpool with Clients
- Consider a Hybrid Vehicle
- Count Down Your Carbon
- Calculate your Carbon Footprint.
- Offset Your Emissions by purchasing carbon credits or plant a few trees =)
Heather Soldonia is a Broker/REALTOR® in the San Francisco Bay area with Windermere Welcome Home. She can be found at www.heathersoldonia.mywindermere.com.