Sustainably means being conscious of the world around us and attempting to limit waste while reusing and recycling to the best of your ability.
As the owner/manager of dozens of houses and apartment buildings, we realize that our actions can significantly affect the environmental impact of hundreds of our residents. We understand that by managing our properties in sustainable ways, we can have a magnified influence in improving the Winona area’s natural environment.
While many sustainability practices require additional investments upfront, sustainability policies and
procedures can cut costs, increase efficiency, delay rent increases, and reduce our carbon footprint in the long run.
The following are some of the ways we strive to make our properties more environmentally friendly:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
We make recycling easy by labeling bins, placing bins in convenient areas, and by making sure each resident has a recycling bin available for use.
Winona County contracts with a hauler that uses single-stream recycling (fully-comingled), which makes it easy and convenient for all residents to participate in the recycling program.
Furniture Rental: Through our furniture rental program for students, we have significantly reduced the amount of furniture purchased and discarded by students every year.
Energy Efficiency Practices
Ongoing Maintenance: We caulk, seal and weatherize all cracks, joints and frames on a seasonal basis.
Replacing regular incandescent lamps in common areas with compact fluorescent, LED, or long-life incandescent bulbs.
Installing high-efficiency appliances in apartments and houses.
All newer buildings and additions utilize high-efficiency closed cell insulation.
Energy-efficient glass and replacement windows.
Passive Solar Energy: We install large energy-efficient windows wherever possible on walls with unobstructed southern exposures.
Green Commuting: 90% of our housing is conveniently located near Winona State University and downtown. Winona is a very “bike friendly” town with bike-riding lanes throughout the city. We have bike racks available at most of our apartment buildings, and are adding more every year.
Sustainability Tips for Our Residents
Sustainability and Savings $$: Whether you choose to live in a house or apartment, we encourage you to remember to unplug devices when not in use, e.g. TVs, video games, cell phones, laptop chargers, etc.
Consider signing up for online for paperless billing and correspondences. It’ll save you the amount of documents you have to physically store, as well as numerous trees. Nearly all utility and service providers offer e-billing. Check your paper statements or visit their websites to find out more.
Keep an eye out for dripping faucets and running toilets. These seemingly small drips and running water add up very quickly and waste tons of water. Did you know: A leaking toilet can waste 200 gallons of water per day! Notifying us right away of a leaking toilet or dripping faucet, so that our maintenance team can fix it can save a lot of water.
Also, consider taking shorter showers. The average shower uses 2 gallons of water per minute. Cutting even 1 minute off your shower per day can save up to 60 gallons of water per month.
If we all work together and do our part, we can help make the world a little better place!