Green Living Still Factors High for Renters: AMLI Report

AMLI Residential’s fourth annual survey of its residents’ views on sustainable living found that green initiatives are a top priority.

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More than 80 percent or renters surveyed in AMLI Residential’s fourth annual study on sustainable living believe that green living is beneficial to their well-being. 

The multifamily developer recently surveyed 4,891 of its residents across the U.S. in its annual Sustainable Living Index, which asked renters a variety of questions relating to sustainability, environmentalism and green initiatives in multifamily living.

Survey results showed that 83 percent of residents believe living in a green apartment is good for their health, a 3 percent increase over last year’s numbers. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, 71 percent of residents said they place an increased value on healthy building features in their communities, while 41 percent said they think they will work from home more in 2021 than pre-pandemic.

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The top three green features chosen by residents in the survey were fresh air initiatives, energy-efficiency savings on utilities and smoke-free living, according to the survey.

When questioned whether climate change is still an important issue for them, 89 percent of AMLI residents said yes—the same figure that last year’s survey produced—and 75 percent said their “desire to find solutions to environmental issues” has increased over the last five years, a 4 percent increase year-over-year. More than 90 percent of residents reported that they regularly recycle, while half said they always recycle.

AMLI Residential President Phil Tague said in prepared remarks that the number of responses to this year’s survey is the highest rate they’ve ever had and reflects residents’ interest in healthy building features. The firm plans to expand green options in some of their communities based on the responses.

The survey was conducted in July at properties in nine U.S. markets that AMLI operates in: Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Seattle, Southern California and Southeast Florida.

In a recent Q&A with Multi-Housing News, AMLI Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO Greg Mutz said that his firm has committed a “significant” amount of capital and energy into becoming greener and more environmentally responsible.

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