Being eco-friendly as a condo or co-op resident is possible to achieve on your own—but only to a point. You can make energy-efficient lighting decisions, use heating and cooling sparingly, and recycle, but what about the light bulbs in the hallways and lobbies, or insulating the roof? Addressing the management of common areas is key.
That’s where being eco-friendly can get a little trickier. It’s the fiduciary responsibility of board members and managers to maintain the buildings in value, comfort and appearance. So, decisions at condos and co-ops need to involve these parties and be made along with owners. But to make any greening improvement, explains Joan Batory, chair of the Green Condo/Co-op Initiative (GCCI), the single most important step that must be taken is to make a committee.