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Sustainable Property Management

Sustainable Property Management

Dr. Erin Hopkins developed the open textbook, Sustainable Property Management, plus ancillaries for PM 3674 - Property Management Operations, a growing and required course for two undergraduate majors and a minor in two different departments at Virginia Tech. The 100-150 page text focuses holistically on green real estate management by incorporating the human and social elements of managing green buildings as well as the green buildings themselves. Written for upper-divisional undergraduates and graduate students, four other higher education institutions including two in Virginia expressed interest in adopting or reviewing the resource for adoption. Sustainable Property Management promises to have a national impact in education and industry: few openly licensed course materials exist for real estate; none exist for property management or green buildings. The text links ecological sustainability to real estate and property management -- inherently placed-based disciplines with diversity and inclusion ramifications. 

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Sustainable Property Management is a 150-page, peer-reviewed open textbook intended for students majoring in property management and real estate at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It can be incorporated into an existing property management operations course or used for a stand-alone course focused on sustainable property management. Although sustainability, as used in the real estate context, is about preserving the environment, it is about more than that. In sustainable property management, sustainability encompasses three spheres—environmental, social, and economic. Sustainable property management is about reconciling these three spheres throughout the operations and maintenance phases of the building lifecycle in such a way that a balance is achieved between economic development and the protection of environmental and social resources.

This textbook explains how ecologically sustainable concepts may be implemented throughout the property management operation functions while also considering the other spheres of sustainability. It also incorporates the theme of sustainable building practices as a human science as well as a building science by highlighting motivations and impacts to various stakeholders. The author draws on industry examples to illustrate these concepts and provides many experiential activities through which students can apply these concepts.

ISBN PDF 978-1-957213-38-5
ISBN Pressbooks 978-1-957213-40-8
ISBN ePub 978-1-957213-39-2
ISBN Print (color) 978-1-957213-37-8
URL to order print version: https://www.amazon.com/dp/195721337X

Customizable class slides for this book are available at http://hdl.handle.net/10919/113422.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction to Sustainable Property Management
Chapter 2: The Three Spheres of Sustainable Property Management
Chapter 3: Stakeholder Motivations for Sustainable Property Management Practices
Chapter 4: Sustainable Building Maintenance and Repair Practices
Chapter 5: The Intersection of Sustainable Property Management and Risk Management
Chapter 6: Integrating Sustainable Practices into Marketing and Leasing
Chapter 7: Financial Evaluation of Sustainable Building Initiatives
Chapter 8: Human Health Considerations

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Customizable class slides for this book are available at: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/113422.

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