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Sustainable Property Management

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Erin A. Hopkins, Virginia Tech

Copyright Year: 2023

Publisher: Virginia Tech Publishing

Language: English

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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: Health and Well-Being Considerations



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About the Book

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 phase of the building lifecycle in such a way that a balance is achieved between economic development and protection of environmental and social resources.

This textbook explains how ecologically sustainable concepts may be implemented throughout the various 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 various industry examples to illustrate these concepts and provides many experiential activities for students to apply these concepts.

Sustainable Property Management is 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. It is available online for free in multiple formats and also as an affordable print edition. 

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About the Contributors


Erin A. Hopkins, PhD, serves as an Associate Professor of Property Management within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, where she teaches courses in property management operations and sustainability in the built environment.  She has been awarded Virginia Tech’s Teacher of the Week and has received recognition in Virginia Tech’s “Thank a Teacher” program multiple times.  She has 23 published journal articles and has served as an associate editor for the textbook Practical Apartment Management (7th ed.), Journal of Green Building, Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education.  She also serves on the Institute of Real Estate Management’s Board of Directors and Sustainability Advisory Board.

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