Evan Matzen, Manager, Sustainability


 am excited to be attending the National Apartment Association (NAA) Education Conference & Exposition that is being held June 18 to 21 in Denver, Colorado. This year I will be making two presentations about sustainability: A learning session about LEDs on the show floor and an educational breakout session on innovative green projects.naa

“Lighting 101: Which LED Solution Is Right for Your Property” will be from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 19. This will be a hands-on demonstration of the latest LED technologies appropriate for apartment communities, including integrated interior fixtures, integrated exterior high intensity discharge fixtures, and replacement bulbs. We will have samples from multiple LED manufacturers for the audience to look at and compare.

On Friday, June 20, I will be moderating a panel of sustainability professionals in the multifamily industry talking about the bigger-ticket, cutting-edge sustainability projects they have undertaken at their properties. The session, titled “Adding Value with Innovative Green Projects,” will be presented from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. in room 708/710/712.  The panel is made up of Mary Nitschke, director of ancillary services, Prometheus Real Estate Group; Kelly Vickers, national director of sustainability, Alliance Residential Company; and Wes Winterstein, vice president of utilities management, Bell Partners Inc. This very accomplished group of sustainability professionals will be discussing cool projects such asLEED® and Green Point property certification, solar photovoltaic installations, leak detection, smart irrigation, irrigating with reclaimed water, EV charging, and how to partner with local utilities for rebates. We will then have a roundtable discussion on best practices for creating and implementing sustainability initiatives on your property.

The NAA Education Conference & Exposition is always a great time to meet with other members of the multifamily industry, learn of new trends, and of course have fun at the Maintenance Mania event.  I look forward to seeing you there!


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