Environmental Sustainability in U.S. Assisted Living Facilities

Eileen E. MaloneBeach, Qun Zuo

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Population aging and environmental sustainability appear to be on a collision course. Concurrent with the increasing needs of older adults for more goods, services, and housing, concern for the environmental impact of this population is growing. Environmental sustainability efforts by assisted living facilities (ALFs) were queried using an online survey focusing on the following four areas: facility information, sustainable practices, motivations to green, and views of sustainable certification. The survey was sent to 800 ALFs from 34 states. The results indicated movement toward environmental sustainability, primarily connection to community, interaction with nature, and quality of life improvement for residents and staff. This study also depicts the challenges of greening while keeping human well-being a top priority. Furthermore, administrators of ALFs were largely uninformed about greening but viewed the costs and paperwork as barriers to greening and certification. Suggestions for future research, education, and the promotion of greening in ALFs are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-275
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Housing for the Elderly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • ALFs
  • environmental sustainability
  • online survey


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