December 2, 2013

Realtors’ HQ Gets a Green Retrofit


Volunteers plant trees outside the Tucson Association of Realtors’ headquarters.

In support of Mayor Rothschild’s 10,000 Trees Campaign, the Tucson Association of Realtors (TAR) is giving their headquarters a “green retrofit” that focuses on water harvesting, native shade trees, and reducing heat gain in its 53,000 square-foot parking lot.

“Architects and builders understand the important role of rainwater harvesting and tree shading to make houses more sustainable and to reduce operating costs.  The same principles apply to commercial buildings like our headquarters,” said TAR CEO Philip Tedesco.

“Water is our most precious natural resource and something that too many people take for granted, especially since we all live in such a dry community.  When combined with efficient tree shading, this project will result in long-term environmental and financial benefits,” he added.

TAR worked with Tucson-based nonprofit Watershed Management Group to design and implement the green retrofit, which included a volunteer demonstration project building water harvesting basins and planting trees (pictured).

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