The Brambleton Community Association (BCA) strives to operate with effective actions that are in the best interest of the environment and the association. Through this approach, Brambleton has become a leader in environmentally conscious operations and administration.
The BCA has taken many steps to becoming a “Green Steward of its Operations, Land and the Environment” by setting policies in three distinct areas: Administration, Communication and Education; Grounds and Facilities, and; Trash and Recycling. Examples of the BCA’s sustainability initiatives include:
Administration, Communication and Education
- Participates in the Loudoun County Green Business Challenge
- Created a “Green Team” that educates staff on a variety of sustainable subjects
- Volunteers for the “Keep Loudoun Beautiful” campaign
- Adopted the Beaverdam Reservoir for beautifying and clean-up
- Partner of the “Home Energy Monitoring and Control Program” which enables residents to monitor and update their energy usage via web portals, hand-held devices or cell phones
- Organizes Brambleton Community Farmers Market
- Participates in “Only Rain the Storm Drain” program and policy in which they teach residents about the hazards of dumping waste
Grounds and Facilities
- Added policies to use only non-phosphorous fertilizers in common areas and encourages residents to do the same
- Provides 30 dog waste stations to reduction of nitrogen runoff to local streams
- Installed a pond aeration system to reduce the chemicals used to treat the algae
- Approximately 20% of the energy used at the Beacon Crest Pool in Brambleton is from renewable energy.
- Retrofitted lighting in the main parking garage to LED lights
- All of the BCA-owned facilities and common areas use programmable thermostats, CFLs and LED bulbs; additionally, they set water heaters at 110 degrees, utilize only Energy Star appliances and require green cleaning processes
Trash and Recycling
- Provides all residents with once weekly single-stream recycling
- Participates in the “RecycleBank” education and incentive plan
- Works with their builders to recycle construction debris
- Restaurants recycle their cooking oil, which is then used for biodiesel fuel
For a full case study on Brambleton’s sustainability practices, see the HOA Guide.