Manhattan Beach Green Real Estate
We committed to doing our part to preserving a clean environment, helping clients find sustainable housing, and promoting Green Real Estate practices in Manhattan Beach and the South Bay. We put our money where our mouth is by donating 5% of all sales to environmental charities: $250 plants 20 trees around Los Angeles for each client, while the rest is split between California, national, and international wilderness preservation charities.
We need to each do our part to leave future generations the same gifts we have had the fortune to enjoy.
The best part about Green Real Estate is that, if you do it right, it makes economic sense! Green home retrofits, renovations, and remodeling, can reduce energy costs, water usage, and long term health care costs by removing pollutants, and other potentially harmful materials from your home.
Our prime broker, Rob Viglione, holds the National Association of Realtor’s Green Designation, which means he can help you distinguish fact from fiction and make educated decisions about: green materials, energy-efficient technology, green ratings, green design, green living, green incentives and more! Green Designees can help Green Buyers, Green Sellers, and Green Builders.
To get a better understanding of how we can best help our clients achieve their Green goals, we present them with this Green Buyer Checklist.
Manhattan Beach Green Resources
City Of Manhattan Beach Going Green Website – This is the city’s official Green Web site, where you can find details on work plans, environmental evaluations, and other Green resources specific to Manhattan Beach, including the 2007 Working Towards A Greater, Greener Manhattan Beach report.
Manhattan Beach Public Works Environmental Programs – The Public Works Department has implemented three key programs for reducing waste, including the Sharps Disposal Program, Unwanted Medication Drop-off, and Battery Recycling drop-off locations.
Manhattan Beach Community Development Green Programs starts with a 2009 City ordinance – Sustainable Building Ordinance 2024 - requires Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for new municipal buildings and large non-residential construction.
Environmental Programs Manager for the City of Manhattan Beach.
Manhattan Beach Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Programs - The City has taken steps towards reducing its impact on the climate by implementing various energy efficiency measures, such as replacing several existing traffic signals with LED lighting, replacing existing vehicles with low-emission vehicles where feasible, adopting a Sustainable Building Ordinance, Green Code Amendments for Zoning and Public Rights-of-Way, a Green Purchasing Plan, a Climate Action Plan, and conducted a Level III energy audit to identify how best to make our buildings and facilities more energy efficient.
Manhattan Beach Drought Tolerant Gardening - Need a new look for your front yard, patio or entryway? Don’t know what to plant on your hillside or parking strips? The California Friendly Garden Guide has assembled an easy-to-use idea finder for the most common landscaping dilemmas. The Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden (MBBG) located in Polliwog Park has a wonderful drought tolerant garden for residents and businesses to learn from.
Check out several other Manhattan Beach Waste Reduction Programs – Including document destruction, clothes donations, battery recycling, and hazardous waste disposal.
Manhattan Beach Green Businesses
The Green Yogi – A Manhattan Beach eco-chic yoga studio.
The Veggie Grill – Not quite in Manhattan Beach, but just up the road in El Segundo; this restaurant serves the most unique all-vegetarian dishes that mimic the real thing. Definitely worth a try!
Go Green Gift - By giving your loved ones our reusable bag stuffed with a variety of top products for harmonious living, you’re helping the earth.
Door-To-Door Valet Cleaners – Certified Environmental Dry Cleaners (CED) local to Manhattan Beach.
Fazio Cleaners – Manhattan Beach Green Dry Cleaning offers Eco-friendly Garment Bags, an Environmentally Safe Cleaning System, and a Hanger Recycling Program.
First Choice Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning – Manhattan Beach Green Carpet Cleaning.
Color Me Green Nails – Manhattan Beach Eco-Friendly & Organic Nail Boutique.
Other Useful Green Resources
National Association of Realtor’s Green Resource Council – Green Real Estate Education from the National Association of Realtor’s.
U.S. Green Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – Learn more about LEED rating standards here.
The South Bay Association of Realtors provides this excellent local South Bay Guide To Greening Your Home, which has specific resources (organization names, contact info, and recommendations) to reduce your home’s energy requirements, heating, and water consumption. The good news keeps rolling, because the SBAOR also releases this Quarterly Guide To Greening Your Home, which has discounts service providers offering Green resources.
Southern California Edison’s Energy Efficiency Survey - Looking for ways to save energy and money at home? Take this 15-minute survey and find helpful tips to maximize your savings, plus useful information about rebates that you can qualify for. Your results are customized for your household.
California Solar Initiative – Manhattan Beach residents and businesses who are thinking about going solar should check out Southern California Edison’s partnership in the California Solar Initiative, and consult the Go Solar Database.
Energy Star Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency – Up to 30 percent tax credits for Geothermal Pumps, small Wind Turbines for residential homes, and Solar Energy systems. Biomass stoves, HVAC, Insulation, Roofs, Water Heaters, and Windows & Doors.
Living Green Tip Sheet offers tips and guidance on easy things that we can all do to reduce energy use, water consumption, and live a healthier, green lifestyle.
TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit that unites the power of trees, people and technology to grow a sustainable future for Los Angeles.