E SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS WITHIN
THE WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT
NATIONAL COMMUNITY RENAISSANCE (NATIONAL CORE)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIF.
PARTICIPANTS IN THE “DOING OUR PART” PROGRAM HELPED NATIONAL CORE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE WATER CONSUMPTION AT THEIR PROPERTIES
The 2017 IREM REME Award for Sustainability was awarded to National Community Renaissance for their “Doing
Our Part” initiative, which focuses on
water conservation across their portfolio
and combines resident education with
physical improvements and upgrades.
GETTING TOUGH ON DROUGHT
National CORE strives to do their part
to develop sustainable communities and
implement conservation programs that
maintain the health and stability of their
neighborhoods. With the state of California in the throes of a historic drought,
National CORE enlisted a powerful
army in California’s war on drought—its
residents. They began an aggressive, sys-tem-wide conservation program called
Doing;Our;Part”;in;an;effort;to;signifi-cantly reduce water usage at their California properties.
THE PLAN AND THE PAYOFF
The “Doing Our Part” initiative focused
on both resident education and physical
improvements/upgrades, including turf
removal and implementation of high wa-ter-efficiency fixtures. Through turf removal, smart irrigation and installation of
> To date, replaced nearly a quarter
of a million square feet of turf with
sprinkler heads, thereby reducing landscape water use by another 30 percent;
COLLABORATION IS KEY
Multifamily properties are at a disadvantage when it comes to water savings since
most of the usage is by residents, many of whom are not individually metered. This
is where resident education came into play. National CORE launched a competition
at 10 local properties, using resident education and community events to educate
individuals and families on the importance of water conservation. Awards given to
residents and communities that saved the most included gift cards, big-screen televi-
sions and Disneyland tickets.
The “Doing Our Part” initiative was well received by residents as well as employees.
water have been saved.
The “Doing Our Part” initiative has created value by providing useful water conservation tips and fostering habits to pass on to the next generation. When it comes to
water conservation, National Community Renaissance means business.
proud of what we’ve been able to do so far but realize it is only the beginning.”