Condo Media - August 2009 - (Page 6)

Inside: CAI N E W S MEMBERSHIP NEWS 6 Membership News 8 Upcoming Events 14 Maine News 15 Massachusetts News 17 Rhode Island News 19 Vermont News New “Best Practices” Publication Report #9 Green Communities T he Foundation for Community Association Research and CAI are dedicated to conducting research and serving as a clearinghouse for information on innovations and best practices in community association creation and management. The foundation has just released its newest report titled Green Communities, which explores “greenness” in communities in their varied forms. It considers the concept of sustainability through better designs, new technologies and social innovations. The credo for sustainability is, “Think globally, act locally.” Consider this common sense caveat: that each community’s resource savings, its greenness or its sustainability planning and acceptance should not come at the expense of the residents. What is accepted as the right behavior in one community should not be dictated as required for all communities. This report will explore the countless ideas and resources that professional managers and community leaders can use to help their associations “go green.” Topics covered include energy management, transportation management, waste management, building management and land use management. In addition to specific case studies, the report provides resources you can use to help your community define “green” and better understand green concepts. In addition to Green Communities, the foundation offers other function-specific Top Hits on the CAI-NE Web Site best practices reports in the community association industry including: • Community Harmony & Spirit • Community Security • Energy Efficiency • Financial Operations • Governance • Reserve Studies • Strategic Planning • Transition CAI members can download these reports for free at CM The CAI-NE Web site–, provides invaluable resources and information for volunteer board members and industry professionals. Check out the following top five pages. A Green Community Should Do the Following: • Pick up litter. • Recycle and reuse (waste diversion vs. waste disposal). • Save water, store water, catch rainwater. • Maintain energy-efficient buildings, either retrofitting existing or building new. • Manage land and lakes for environmental preservation and conservation. • Make its membership aware of green products and services available to them. • Use energy-efficient transportation. 1. Career Center – Job Seekers 2. Condo Media Magazine – Up In Smoke: Associations Balance Competing Rights 3. Condominium Statutes – Rhode Island Condominium Statute 4. Resource Directories – Legal Directory 5. Legislative Update – Maine Legislators Vote No on Priority Lien 6 CONDO MEDIA • AUGUST 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Condo Media - August 2009

Condo Media - August 2009
From the CED’s Desk
Editorial Board
CAI New England Chapter Partners
CAI News
CAI Regional News
Asked & Answered
Homeowner’s Corner
Cover Story: Call to Order
Vendor Spotlight
Classified Service Directory
Advertisers Index

Condo Media - August 2009