On water conservation and building "green"
Steve Minn - principal of Lupe Development Partners, Minneapolis

Minn has embraced the concept of building "green" He has incorporated common area laundry rooms into the new Stone Arch Apartment complex. By including this water saving amenity, Minn qualified for a 20 percent discount on sewer access charges from a regional waste treatment organization. Like many other developers, Minn has taken advantage of not only green building credits, but also provided a conservation opportunity for both the property owner and residents at the Stone Arch Apartments.

"We estimate that our buildings use about 70 percent less water than those buildings having in-unit laundry options," said Minn. "The Stone Arch Apartments uses this water-saving effort as a marketing tool to prospective residents concerned about conservation."