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Greening the MLS

May 19, 2014: 

In April, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Green REsource Council published the Green MLS Implementation Guide which serves as an easy-to-follow blueprint to help implement searchable fields for high-performance, energy-efficient homes.

Building for Tomorrow

May 19, 2014: 

The St. Louis Association of REALTORS® helps turn abandoned properties into energy-efficient housing.

Boardman River: A Unique Take on a Watershed Plan

May 19, 2014: 

This project is not only different; it’s a huge undertaking. Currently underway, the Boardman River Watershed is developing a new approach to natural resource planning over the 291-square-mile watershed.

The resulting work product — a prosperity plan — will leverage the economic and community development of the watershed, taking into account dam removal and restoration of the river that courses through it. The plan will engage the region to find common goals and activities for the long-term protection of natural assets within the watershed, along with job creation and business.

Selling Green

May 19, 2014: 

REALTOR® Eileen Oldroyd works in image-conscious Mission Viejo, Calif. The broker/ owner of Oldroyd Lending and Realty, she drives a decades-old Mercedes converted to run on waste vegetable oil. Clients can often hear the car, dubbed The Veggie Mobile, before they see Oldroyd.

“Selling green is a challenge in Orange County because it’s just not sexy,” she said, clearly disappointed that unlike other areas on the West Coast like San Francisco, Portland or Seattle, southern Orange County California isn’t as progressive, in her opinion, on the green front.

“We don’t have a culture of conservation or sustainability,” said Oldroyd, who is known as “Green Eileen.”

Active Transportation

May 19, 2014: 

Connectivity.

It’s the term used to describe the degree of connectedness within a transportation network.

For traffic engineers, city planners and developers, connectivity is measured by intersections between streets, roads and rails. The better the connectivity, the more accessible and less isolated a community can be. The less connected community is more isolated and less accessible.

More than ever, accommodations for bike lanes and sidewalks are being included in the push for connectivity as the number of people riding bikes and walking — whether it’s to work or to play — increases.

How is California’s Planning Shakeup Shaking Out?

May 19, 2014: 

It’s been six years since California passed SB 375 requiring transportation and land-use planning to be coordinated. Preliminary results have many encouraged.

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