Every locality grapples with its own collection of natural and human caused challenges (and potentially disasters). While most people don’t often think about the connection between property values and water runoff, flooding, heat waves, fires, hurricanes, drought, new power and gas lines, density, open space, access to public transportation, and air quality – I can tell you that the National Association of REALTORS is thinking about it.
All of these topics and more were up for discussion at the invite-only National Association of REALTORS Sustainability Summit in Denver last month. As a member of NAR’s Sustainability Advisory Group, I was heartened to learn about the leadership at local associations, in brokerages large and small, and from individual agents. Everyone gathered there understood that the prosperity of their business was tied to the prosperity of their communities – and to natural systems currently undergoing transition to a hotter world. This headline, “Climate change is here and it’s already impacting property values” is a case in point
And here was the question: How can the nation’s largest trade association bring its leadership to bear in a way that provides more resources to localities and to agents? What models can be shared? What education needs to be developed? How can REALTORS – who are passionate about their communities – be a part of a solution at both the local and the national level? I won’t pretend we solved every problem over the course of a two-day work session. We did, however, take a few important strides down an action-oriented path that will bring new opportunities to associations and agents in time.
But there’s really no time like the present for each of us to:
Lastly, we might pause for a moment the next time we step outside to really appreciate the world we know and love. And let that appreciation and gratitude guide us to a more sustainable future.
(This article by Cynthia Adams, President and CEO of Pearl Certification, first appeared here in the Daily Progress.)