Apartments that pursue more environmental friendly practices will gain favor with a majority of apartment residents who believe global warming is a real danger and want to live in a green apartment community, according to a new survey.
The national survey by AMLI Residential shows that apartment residents are more likely to believe in global warning than the U.S. popular in general and it impacts where they choose to live.
Apartment residents would pay more to live in a green apartment community
The survey also found that 83 percent of respondents believe that living in a green community is beneficial to their health and 59 percent of respondents would pay more to live in a green/sustainable community.
The AMLI results are from the company’s second Sustainable Living index, a survey of more than 4,200 apartment residents in their properties charting how their attitudes on environmentalism impact their choices on where to live.
The 2018 survey indicated that 84 percent of respondents say they believe in global warming and/or climate change. This is significantly higher than the U.S. population at large according to recent data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications. According to the Yale research, which was published in July 2017, 70 percent of Americans believe global warming is happening with only 50 percent expressing certainty that global warming is happening.
Although the majority of the AMLI survey respondents were millennials (62 percent), belief in global warming was consistent across generations: roughly 89 percent of Gen Z, 88 percent of millennials, 80 percent of Gen X and 74 percent of baby boomers surveyed believe in global warming and/or climate change.
“This year’s survey shows apartment residents remain concerned about the environment and are committed to making lifestyle choices to reduce their carbon footprint,” Phil Tague, President of AMLI Residential, said in a release.
“The residents surveyed are mindful of how daily activities and where they live might impact their health as well as the environment. AMLI continues to invest in conscious and sustainable practices to make sure we deliver on what’s important to our residents. Our communities use land, water and energy more efficiently through clean-air initiatives and lifestyle amenities that enable residents to live more sustainably every day.”
The survey of AMLI residents was conducted in August 2018 at properties in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Seattle, Southern California and Southeast Florida. AMLI expanded this year’s survey to help it better understand its residents’ interest in sustainable living compared to 2017 survey results. AMLI will utilize the results to further advance its sustainability efforts and improve residents’ wellness and living experiences.
AMLI is a leader in multifamily sustainability. Thirty-two AMLI properties (almost half of the company’s portfolio) are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified and 25 AMLI communities are ENERGY STAR certified. AMLI’s goal is to grow its portfolio to more than 50 percent LEED-certified properties by 2019. Last month, AMLI received a LEED Power Builder Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which recognizes developers that certify at least 90 percent of their units built in the past year. AMLI Residential focuses on the development, construction and management of environmentally responsible, luxury apartment communities throughout the U.S. Founded in 1980, AMLI is owned by PRIME Property Fund, a core commingled institutional fund. AMLI currently owns and manages 61 apartment communities including more than 20,000 apartment homes and has over 5,100 additional apartment homes under development or in lease-up at 14 new properties, all of which are, or will be, LEED-certified. More information is available at www.amli.com.