Realtors(r) Care Day Announces Green Initiative

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The second-annual Realtors® Care Day, an all-day, home-repair initiative sponsored by the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association’s Housing Opportunity Foundation on April 23, will pave the road toward a brighter future for 30 deserving homeowners as it literally paves the road for drivers in Union County.

Boggs Paving, Inc., a contractor headquartered in Monroe, N.C., is supporting the project and its 650 area Realtor®volunteers by utilizing a recycling method that will be implemented for the first time in North Carolina. The process – post-consumer reclaimed asphalt shingles (PRAS) – removes nails and debris from discarded shingles before grinding them into particles that are blended back into asphalt. The result is a recycled “green” product for paving and resurfacing roads; one that limits the use of virgin petroleum and aggregates processed from the earth, reducing both consumer expense and the use of environmentally costly landfill space.

Boggs Paving and other companies across the state have been recycling scrap from asphalt-shingle manufacturers (pre-consumer) for years, but this marks the first time a company has received a permit from the N.C. Department of Energy and Natural Resources (NCDENR) to undertake the post-consumer “ROOFS to ROADS” process at the asphalt-manufacturing facility. Plans call for Boggs to retrieve and recycle shingles from eight homes that have roof repair or replacement needs. The reclaimed shingles from Realtors® Care Day homes will be used in late summer 2010 to resurface several roads in Union and Anson counties.

“We are honored to play a small role in helping area Realtors® improve housing conditions for those who need a helping hand to ensure a safer environment,” says Drew Boggs, president of Boggs Paving. “This opportunity allows us to serve our neighbors while spotlighting an emerging green technology that will preserve our natural resources.”

Joe Rempson, 2010 Realtors® Care Day co-chair, says, “We are extremely grateful for Boggs’ support, which will eliminate thousands of dollars in dumping fees but, more important, will provide the means to conserve through recycling. This fulfills a goal we set for ourselves last year – to enhance our community-wide project by incorporating sustainable, environmentally sensitive elements.

About Realtors® Care Day – April 23, 2010
Realtors® Care Day was initiated by the Housing Opportunity Foundation in 2009 as an extension of its commitment to affordable, fair and safe housing, and to provide an opportunity for Realtors® to give back to the communities in which they live. This year’s event is held during National Fair Housing Month and National Volunteer Week.

Armed with paint, toolboxes, building supplies and a spirit of volunteerism, some 650 Realtors® will help 30 homeowners across Mecklenburg and Iredell counties with necessary but often unaffordable exterior home repairs and/or adaptive safety modifications for the elderly and disabled.

Last year’s inaugural event had a community-wide impact of more than $200,000 and the Realtors® Care Day committee is poised to build upon this success. In recognition of this initiative, last month the National Association of Realtors® and the U.S. Conference of Mayors designated Charlotte as an Ambassador City, which includes a $5,000 grant in support of the project.

Seven regional housing nonprofits are collaborating with the committee leaders to identify eligible homeowners, including City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood and Business Services Department, Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte, Habitat for Humanity of Iredell County, Habitat for Humanity of Matthews, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, Love INC and the Davidson Housing Coalition – HAMMERS Program. For more information on Realtors® Care Day 2010, visit the project’s Web site at www.RealtorsCareDay.com.

Boggs Paving, Inc., (BPI) headquartered in Monroe, N.C., is a full-service highway/heavy contractor serving customers throughout North and South Carolina. Established in 1994, the company owns and operates five of the most productive and efficient asphalt-manufacturing facilities in the Carolinas, one rock quarry, one sand mine and multiple recycling operations. More than 400 professionals perform turnkey services that include grading, asphalt paving, surveying/construction layout, asphalt reclamation and more. In recent years, BPI has made significant strides in developing and evolving its cutting-edge environmental focus. It has added recycling and reclamation processes for shingles and concrete, and is one of the leading contractors in the U.S. using Warm Mix Asphalt.

The Housing Opportunity Foundation is the charitable arm of the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association. The foundation is dedicated to funding, education, advocacy and leadership programs that are focused on fair and affordable housing and workforce-housing initiatives. The foundation serves to position and educate Realtors® as leaders, promote homeownership and provide funding to create housing opportunities.

The Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association is a trade association that leads, educates and equips members to be productive. It provides more than 7,000 Realtor® members with the resources and services needed to conduct ethical, professional, successful and profitable businesses. The association is dedicated to being the region’s primary resource for residential real estate information. The association operates the Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. (CMLS), which has approximately 8,500 Subscribers and is the private cooperative Realtors® use for access to tens of thousands of residential listings in a 10-county service area, including the high-growth Charlotte area, as well as listings outside this service area.

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