Summer 2017: Sustainability

NAR has been supporting sustainability efforts for years in several ways, including through its Green Designation for REALTORS® who have completed training on sustainability and green homes, and its Smart Growth Program, which assists state and local REALTOR® associations in becoming leaders in sustainable land use and transportation. In this issue of On Common Ground, learn how others are planning for a sustainable future.

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Just five years ago, installing a solar energy system to heat your pool or to power your whole home was out of the question for most homeowners. Hard costs, meaning the cost of the equipment and installation, were sky high. Things have changed.

Making their homes more energy efficient is a top priority for many homeowners. However, financing those upgrades can be a challenge, as it can take many years for the energy savings to pay for the improvements.

Whether a property has an adequate and clean water source, how much the monthly water bill runs, what kinds of conservation programs a utility has and whether a home or building has any possible problems with aged plumbing are all questions that can come up in a real estate transaction.

When the Highland Mall in Austin, Texas, opened 46 years ago with 1.2 million square feet of interior shopping space, people flocked to what was the city's first large-scale, enclosed shopping center. For decades, it did well.

The island off the Louisiana Gulf Coast that members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe call home is virtually disappearing before their eyes. Rising sea level and coastal erosion have reduced Isle de Jean Charles from 32,000 acres to 320 acres...

REALTOR® Associations all across the country constantly collaborate to improve their communities. Recently the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) recognized six associations with prestigious Community Outreach Awards. This is the second time NAR has honored REALTOR® associations with Community Outreach Awards.

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A free, semi-annual magazine published by NAR, On Common Ground presents a wide range of views on smart growth issues, with the goal of encouraging dialog among REALTORS®, elected officials, and other interested citizens.

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