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How can you keep sustainability top of mind for REALTOR® members and association staff while promoting ongoing awareness? Here are a few practical ideas from the 23 state and local associations who received National Association of REALTORS® sustainability grants of up to $5,000 last year.

2024 Sustainability Grant

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Chicago Association of REALTORS® at Climate Action Museum

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Chicago Association of REALTORS® invested in a Climate Action Museum, which will engage with the public and provide awareness and education on green building. After hours, the space will also host programming, education and meetings.

Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® will update its association office landscaping, using xeriscape technology to showcase water conservation. It will also incorporate a pollinator garden to promote growth of the local bee population. Local organizations and community groups

REALTORS® of Metropolitan Pittsburgh partnered with its local U.S. Green Building Council to tour a modular building factory where high-performance homes and light commercial buildings are fabricated. It also held a net-zero concept home presentation for members.

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2024 Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS® recycling drive


Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS® hosted its third tire recycling drive to address waste issues affecting the community. It also added motor oil collection. “We collected 1,402 tires that day in just a little over an hour,” says Tina Franklin, C2EX, AHWD, executive officer. The grant helped improve community health, wellness and responsible environmental protection.

Think Positive

It takes three positive experiences to overcome one negative one. But positive interactions don’t have to be big, just meaningful. Try some of these easy ways to maintain positive member relationships—and boost retention, too.

“Remember [members’] names! And give them thanks publicly for [their] ideas.”
—Shawna Whorton, Four Corners REALTORS®, Neosho, Mo.

“Office visits. It makes members feel valued and appreciated.”
—Alisha Ake, Sierra North Valley REALTORS®, Chico, Calif.

“I call every member every six to 12 months.”
—Steve Denney, sfr, Henderson Audubon Board of REALTORS®, Henderson, Ky.

“If you have a Facebook page, spotlight things members are doing and how they’re giving back to the community.”
—Dale P. Zahn, RCE, West Michigan Lakeshore Association of REALTORS®, Grand Haven, Mich

“Ask [members] about their expectations of the local board. Provide them the opportunity to be heard and meet them with the resources and time that you have.”
—David Payne, executive director, Lake of the Ozarks Board of REALTORS®, Sunrise Beach, Mo.


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