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Weed-Eating Goats Help Belmont Community Association Win the 2016 Associa Green Award

ASHBURN, VA – December 15, 2016 – Community Management Corporation (CMC), an Associa company, congratulates Belmont Community Association for winning the 2016 Associa Green Award. The award is given out each year to an Associa-managed community that has strived to promote green living in categories such as energy efficiency, recycling, efficient water use and other environmentally friendly ways.

On Wednesday morning, December 14, CMC President Nick Mazzarella and Vice President Mac Staples personally delivered the good news to the association board and handed out a commemorative trophy along with $2,500 toward the funding of a future green project.

The Ashburn, Virginia neighborhood is a premiere residential country club and golf course community comprised of 2,157 homes. Some of Belmont’s recent green initiatives include:

  • Planting 600 native Virginia trees
  • Installation of LED lighting
  • Natural rain water irrigation system
  • Fresh-water fountains
  • Bird nesting habitats
  • Wood fiber playground surface
  • Certified monarch butterfly waystation
  • Recycling pick-up
  • Pet waste stations
  • Use of goats to remove invasive weeds

“Everyone loves the goats that were brought in to save trees from invasive weeds. It was one of the many innovative ideas this community came up with to enhance its green spaces,” said Associa CMC Vice President Mac Staples. “We are proud to work along-side a community so dedicated to the preservation of the environment and the upkeep of its neighborhood. They have gone above and beyond to earn this year’s Associa Green Award.”

Associa is committed to increasing the environmental well-being of the communities it serves by promoting products and services and facilitating programs that support “green” living. The intent of the Associa Green initiative is to help families live a healthy, sustainable lifestyle that is good for them and the earth.

Building and managing successful communities for more than 37 years, Associa is the leader in community management with over 10,000 employees operating more than 180 branch offices in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. 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 or