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Associa Launches Eco-Initiative with Kickoff Events Coast to Coast

April 17, 2012

Community Organizations Team Up To Go Green

Associa (AssociaOnline.com),  the largest community association management company in North America,  launches a new national environmental initiative, Associa Green (AssociaGreen.com).  While families and communities prepare to celebrate Earth Day, Associa  Green’s kickoff events are being held throughout April in neighborhoods  in the Seattle, Tampa, Austin and Washington, D.C. areas, in conjunction  with a nationwide rollout in all Associa communities.

Associa’s  kickoff events will showcase the company’s two signature programs,  Associa Green HomeGrown and Associa Green RecyclingRoundups.  Additionally, Associa will begin a social media fundraising campaign  throughout the launch to supportKeep America Beautiful,  the country’s largest community improvement organization. For every  “like” on Associa’s Facebook page or “follow” on Twitter, the company  will donate $1 to Keep America Beautiful, with a goal to reach $10,000.

“Sustainability  begins at home, with simple, daily choices and actions,” said Matthew  McKenna, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “Associa Green  HomeGrown and RecyclingRoundups are perfectly aligned with our national  mission to reduce waste and bring natural beauty to America’s  communities, and we are truly thankful to Associa for its support.”

To  demonstrate its commitment to increasing the environmental wellbeing of  the communities it serves across the country, Associa has partnered  with some of the nation’s biggest brands to establish these two  signature programs:

ValleyCrest Landscape Companies

Hoping  to make gardeners out of all association homeowners, Associa Green  HomeGrown features expert-led sustainable landscape workshops withValleyCrest Landscape Companies, North America’s largest integrated landscape company, in Austin, Tampa and the Washington, D.C. area, and withLowe’s  in Seattle. Everyone attending will receive gardening tool kits,  wildflower seed packets and tomato-seeded grow stix. Even the youngest  attendees are encouraged to go green, and will learn fun facts about  sustainable living and take photos with Daisy, the program’s adorable  ladybug mascot.

Associa Green RecyclingRoundups provides critical  knowledge and resources to help protect the earth and underscore the  importance of recycling. Everyone will receive earth-friendly products  like reusable tote bags and have access to on-site recycling and  shredding services from partner companies1-800-GOT-JUNK? andShred-it.  Homeowners are encouraged to bring a wide range of recyclable items to  the events, including appliances, furniture, electronics and other  household goods. For a complete list of accepted items, please download  this“What To Recycle” Tip Sheet.

“Home  and community gardening and recycling are fun, easy ways to protect the  environment,” John Carona, Associa president and CEO, said. “Through  Associa Green, we are helping our community homeowners live a greener  life…one that is good for them and for the earth.”

Beyond the  April kickoff events, Associa will continue its eco-initiative by  hosting Associa Green HomeGrown and RecyclingRoundups events at the  local community associations it serves. For more information about  Associa Green, visitAssociaGreen.com.

About Associa Green
Associa  Green increases the environmental well-being of the communities we  serve by promoting products and services and facilitating programs that  support “green” living. Through Associa Green, Associa helps families  live healthy, “greener” lifestyles that benefit both people and our  Earth. Associa Green HomeGrown provides tips, facts and resources for  home gardening. Associa Green RecyclingRoundups helps homeowners recycle  their unwanted household items. For more information on the program,  visit www.associagreen.com.

About Associa
Building  successful communities for more than 30 years, Associa is North  America’s largest community association management firm and serves its  clients with local knowledge, national resources and comprehensive  expertise. Based in Dallas, Associa and its 8,000 employees operate more  than 150 branch offices in the United States, Mexico and Canada. To  learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares,  go towww.associaonline.com andwww.associacares.com. Find us onFacebook, follow us onTwitter andLinkedIn, and watch us onYouTube.

About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep  America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953 is the nation’s largest  volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a  network of more than 1,200 affiliates and participating organization,  Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs  that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving  their community environments. For more information, visitKAB.org.

About ValleyCrest Landscape Companies
Founded  in 1949, Calabasas, Calif.-based ValleyCrest Landscape Companies is the  nation’s largest integrated landscape services company with annual  revenue of more than $850 million, more than 10,000 employees and  operations in more than 150 locations nationwide. ValleyCrest, which  ranks on Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s 500 Largest Private  Companies, is commissioned by architects, developers, commercial real  estate owners, public agencies, property managers and luxury home  builders to help create, build or maintain some of the world’s  extraordinary natural environments. For more information about  ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, please visitwww.valleycrest.com. ValleyCrest is the WORKFORCE of NATURE®.

About 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
1-800-GOT-JUNK?  is pioneering an industry that is helping residents and businesses  remove junk and regain space. Whether it’s a pile of household junk in  the garage or a warehouse full of office  furnishings, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? removes it for you, making the ordinary  business of junk removal exceptional. We are passionate about recycling  and donating to charity. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? was founded in 1989 and now  operates in close to 200 locations throughout North America and  Australia. Please visit us at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?.

About Shred-it
Shred-it  is a world-leading information security company providing document  destruction services that ensure the security and integrity of our  clients' private information. The company operates 140 service locations  in 16 countries worldwide, servicing more than 150,000 global, national  and local businesses, including the world's top intelligence and  security agencies, more than 500 police forces, 1,500 hospitals, 8,500  bank branches and 1,200 universities and colleges. For more information,  please visit www.shredit.com.​​

Building and managing successful communities for more than 35 years, Associa is the worldwide leader in community management with over 10,000 employees operating more than 180 branch offices in the United States, Mexico, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Based in Dallas, Texas, our industry expertise, financial strength, and innovation meet the unique needs of clients across the world with customized services and solutions designed to help communities achieve their vision. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to www.associaonline.com or www.associacares.com.

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