Smart irrigation practices begin with implementing weather-based control systems, low-flow irrigation devices, and the use of reclaimed and well water. MAA is already using these practices in many of our communities. We also use drought-tolerant plant material in our landscaping that requires less water. Our highest irrigation use properties undergo annual efficiency audits, and since 2012 we have saved nearly 100 million gallons as a result of our conservation efforts.
We have established partnerships to strengthen our commitment to environmentally conscious practices. To date, we have partnered to recycle discarded carpeting that would otherwise end up in the landfill, and we have progressively updated our properties to use the most energy efficient lighting and appliances, helping the environment and saving our residents money at the same time.
Energy Efficient Appliances
Many MAA communities offer appliance packages with the Energy Star rating, conserving energy while helping our residents save money. We’ve also installed reduced watt, high performance lighting fixtures in common areas.
Our commitment continues, and as new practices evolve, so will we. Online portals allow our residents to pay rent and handle routine transactions electronically, eliminating paper waste. Many of our communities also offer on-site recycling to encourage environmental responsibility.
Whether it is taking care of our employees or our community at large –we are committed to our rich tradition of service. As an employer, we care deeply about those who serve our residents each day. We are equipping our team to do the best job possible through ongoing training, the latest technology and proven systems and rewarding hard work with competitive compensation packages, recognition programs and opportunities for growth.
We believe that effective corporate governance is critical to the long-term health of our company and our ability to create value for those who depend on us. We have established guidelines for governance and standards of conduct covering our Board of Directors, executive officers and all MAA associates. We continue to monitor emerging developments in this area and review our policies in order to provide confidence to those who rely on us.