The Utility Management Advisory (UMA) is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Sustainability and Innovation Award is American Realty Advisors (ARA)!

The Sustainability and Innovation award celebrates excellence in energy, water, and/or trash management, as well as projects demonstrating measurable enhancements in sustainability practices.

The award was presented to ARA during the RealPage® Energy Summit held March 9-10, 2022.

Earning the award was ARA’s retrofit and resulting LEED Gold certification at ALARA Union Station in Denver.

ALARA Union Station is a mixed-use, multifamily residential property in the trendy Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood of Denver

Completed in 2015, the 376,907 square foot property has studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, a resort-style swimming pool and lounge, yoga/barre studio, bocce ball court, fitness studio, coffee shop, restaurant and bar, and even a pet-washing station. It boasts a transit score of 94, bike score of 92 and Walk Score® of 88.

ALARA Union Station earned LEED v4 O+M Gold certification in July of 2020 by incorporating energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience enhancements.

By achieving a LEED Gold certification, the building is demonstrating best practices in sustainable site management, water conservation, energy efficiency, waste management and indoor environmental quality. These factors not only decrease the environmental impact of the building, but they also contribute to residents’ wellbeing.

Congratulations on the win, ARA!

More information about the Utility Management Advisory (UMA). The UMA is a professional group for anyone working in the multifamily industry and involved in utility management and sustainability. It is a forum to hear about and discuss new ideas, technologies and regulations. UMA is a volunteer, not-for-profit group, with no membership fee. For more info, please visit

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