Sustainable Living Remains Strong: AMLI Report

According to the company's second annual Sustainable Living Index, 83 percent of respondents said that they believe living in a green community was beneficial to their health.

AMLI Uptown Orange

Sustainability and green living have continued to be a highlight among multifamily communities, with the number of residents becoming more aware of the importance of both environmental and personal health. According to AMLI Residential’s second annual Sustainable Living Index, a survey of 4,200 AMLI apartment residents, 83 percent of respondents said that they believed living in a green community was beneficial to their health and 59 percent said they would pay a higher rent to live in a green or sustainable community. 

Nearly 50 percent of survey participants said that a community’s green features impacted their decision on where to live. According to the report, residents ranked the following green features by importance: 

  1. Fresh air initiatives—ventilation, filters
  2. Smoke-free community
  3. Location with strong walking/bike score, access to transportation
  4. Energy and water efficient features—appliances, fixtures
  5. Green/healthy amenities—gardens, EV charging, fitness center
  6. Green cleaning/healthy building materials—low/no VOC paints, flooring, sealants 

“AMLI’s research demonstrates that our multifamily residents value sustainability features more than homeowners do. Sustainability is at the core of everything AMLI does because it’s as important to our residents as it is to us,” Phil Tague, president of AMLI Residential, told Multi-Housing News. “In addition to more sustainable lifestyles, our residents want healthier apartment homes to augment their individual wellness objectives. Our surveys provide us with insights into our residents’ mindset so we know how to better direct our sustainability efforts to benefit them and the greater community.”

Global warming risk 

Another major finding was that the percentage of respondents increased when asked about global warming. A whopping 84 percent said they believed in climate change, higher than the U.S. population at large, according to data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications, which states 70 percent of Americans believe global warming is happening and 50 percent is certain it exists. Despite the majority of resident respondents being Millennials, belief in global warming was consistent across the board—Gen Z (89 percent), Millennials (88 percent), Gen X (80 percent) and Baby Boomers (74 percent). 

Image courtesy of AMLI Residential 

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